Inventorying the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Literature

Part of the Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research book series (HATR, volume 33)


More than 25 years transpired since the publication of Boyer’s (1990) Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities for the Professoriate and more than 10 years have passed since the publication of Weimer’s Enhancing Scholarly Work on Teaching and Learning: Professional Literature that Makes a Difference (2006) that delineated approaches to the classification of the scholarship of teaching and learning literature. These particulars strongly indicate a need to take stock of this literature. Consequently, conducting an inventory of the literature of the scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL) constitutes the purpose of this chapter. To conduct this inventory, we modified Weimer’s classification schema to include types of articles (e.g. personal accounts of change, recommended-practices reports, recommended-content reports, and personal narratives) and types of analyses (quantitative investigations, qualitative studies, descriptive research, mixed methods, literature review, and personal reflection). Using this schema, we classified 425 articles appearing from 2012–2016 in four teaching-focused journals of the disciplines of biology, chemistry, history and sociology. We conclude that articles focused on instructional methods (recommended practice reports) and that use research scholarship (descriptive research analyses, quantitative investigations, and qualitative investigations) as its type of analysis dominate this literature. We offer other conclusions and recommendations for further research and scholarship.


John M. Braxton Ernest T. Boyer Michael B. Paulsen Kenneth Feldman William Luckey Patricia Helland Maryellen Weimer Carolin Kreber Kathleen McKinney Pedagogical scholarship Scholarship of teaching and learning Scholarship of teaching Scholarship of integration Knowledge base of teaching and learning Boyer’s domains of scholarship Research scholarship Personal reflection Instructional methods Course content Personal accounts of change Wisdom of practice literature Personal narratives Type of articles Types of analyses Classification schemas Teaching-focused journals Academic disciplines of biology, chemistry, history and sociology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Policy and OrganizationsPeabody College of Vanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA
  2. 2.Upper School FacultyHutchison SchoolMemphisUSA
  3. 3.Leadership and Policy StudiesVanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA

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