Angela Brew

  • Theory, research and scholarship in relation to teaching: issues and challenges

    Angela Brew

    There is currently much talk about the scholarship of teaching, scholarship in teaching, scholarly teaching or teaching scholarship. Yet these ideas have proved elusive and difficult to define, particularly outside of the American context. How can we reconcile ideas of the scholarship of teaching with how scholarship is understood by academics in a range of disciplinary areas? How is the idea of scholarship related to the idea of teaching, and specifically to teaching practice? What is the difference between the scholarship of teaching and research on teaching? What happens if we take account of how academics think of scholarship, and how are these ideas related to research-led teaching? What exactly are we aiming to achieve? My aim in this address will be to attain greater conceptual clarity on these issues. I hope to show why such ideas are important. I will explore some of the challenges and some of the difficulties in the idea of a scholarship of teaching. I will argue that what is needed for the enhancement of learning and teaching in higher education is a greater understanding of what we mean by scholarship and of the changing role of research in teaching development.