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ATLE Lunch and Learn: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Examining Rigor of SoTL through a Disciplinary Lens

April 22, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) uses reflection and evidence-based methods to research effective teaching and student learning. Tensions arise when the methods of inquiry to investigate teaching and learning are inconsistent with disciplinary methods of inquiry. For example, STEM disciplines often rely on appropriate metrics with calibrated instruments to measure them and emphasize closely controlled experiments to isolate causal variables; all within well-defined systems. Scholars in these disciplines are unaccustomed to, and possibly uncomfortable with, designing studies that are more like Social Sciences. Even within Social Sciences, the locus of Educational Research, there are tensions because classroom-based research cannot satisfy the expectations of levels of control, isolation of variables, and the manipulation of treatments through randomized controlled trials. So the question remains: What does rigor look like in classroom-based inquiry within and across disciplines?

This session will examine the tensions within SoTL: What counts as real research? SoTL as a field of inquiry requires scholars to value informed by different disciplinary methodologies and epistemologies.


  • Amanda Nolen, Professor in School of Education
  • Mark Baillie, Assistant Professor in Chemistry
  • Ronia Kattoum, Instructor in Chemistry
  • Andrew Wright, Associate Professor in Systems Engineering

All faculty are encouraged and invited to attend. This event will earn you 10 points toward your next ATLE award.

Please, RSVP by filling in this online form.

Join our Zoom Meeting (Zoom room opens at 12:15 p.m.)

Meeting ID: 823 9740 9467
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April 22, 2021
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence
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