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Examining the focus of SoTL literature - teaching and learning?


Manarin, K and Adams, C and Fendler, R and Marsh, H and Pohl, E and Porath, S and Thomas, A, Examining the focus of SoTL literature - teaching and learning?, Teaching and Learning Inquiry, 9, (1) pp. 349-364. ISSN 2167-4787 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright (c) 2021 Karen Manarin CC-BY-NC License 4.0 This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0 International (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly attributed

DOI: doi:10.20343/teachlearninqu.9.1.23


Although the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) claims to focus on student learning, some have argued that SoTL studies often adopt a narrow view of learning and focus more on teaching than on learning. In this paper, we explore whether teaching is the primary focus of recent articles published from 2013-2017 in three international, self-identified SoTL journals: Teaching and Learning Inquiry: The ISSOTL Journal (TLI), The International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ijSOTL), and The Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (JoSoTL). Based on our analysis of the 299 empirical articles, we argue that they portray SoTL as a field focused primarily on teacher activity rather than student learning, despite efforts to broaden its scope.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:SoTL, literature review, teaching, learning
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Pedagogy
UTAS Author:Adams, C (Dr Chris Adams)
ID Code:142758
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:College Office - CoSE
Deposited On:2021-02-10
Last Modified:2021-09-30
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