ERIC Number: EJ1163519
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: "What the Hell" Are We Getting Ourselves Into?
Swart, Arthur James; Luwes, Nicolaas; Olwagen, Lienie; Greyling, Cameron; Korff, Carel
European Journal of Engineering Education, v42 n6 p653-667 2017
Academics must be encouraged to reflect on their teaching, to apply new pedagogies to support student learning and to report on the results of these actions, which really forms part of programmes relating to Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). However, there seems to be resistance among some academics to get involved in these programmes due to fear of change or discrimination. The purpose of this article is to highlight the perceptions of four academics from different engineering fields towards such a programme from a University of Technology in South Africa. A qualitative study is employed where a focus group interview was used to gather data which are correlated to the SoTL unicycle detailed in the article. A benefit of joining an SoTL programme includes "developing a teaching action plan" while a key challenge relates to time concerns. An implication may be to stimulate awareness among non-participating academics about what an SoTL programme really engenders.
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Scholarship, Instruction, Learning, Engineering Education, Academic Achievement, Qualitative Research, Foreign Countries, Interviews, College Faculty, Reflection
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa
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