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TEACHING FELLOWS AND
SCHOLARLY
ACTIVITY
DOUG NEWTON
PROFESSOR
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
Different roles?
‘Teaching
Fellow’
Scholarly
Activity
Admin
Teaching
‘Lecturer’
Research
Admin
Teaching
Scholarship & Scholarly Activity
 Scholarship: erudition,
extensive assimilated
learning, being an
authority in a field o...
Some scholarly activities
Updating subject knowledge Attending a research seminar
Developing teaching skillsAttending a te...
And some‘research’activities
Updating subject knowledge Attending a research seminar
Developing teaching skillsAttending a...
Some concrete products of
scholarly activity
 Better teaching evaluations
 Seminars for colleagues
 Poster/presentation...
Well kept secrets
Some of the 40,000 bronze arrowheads recovered from the site of the Terracotta Army © Imperial Logistics...
Less tangible products
 Raising the profile of
subject/department/University publicly
 Increased personal motivation/int...
Making a difference: evidence
of impact
 Evidence of better/effective/efficient
teaching/enhanced student achievement
 E...
Scholarly activity
 Scholarly activity is wide ranging
 Engaged in to the full, it produces scholars and
scholarship
 S...
AnAcademic
Scholarly
Activity
Admin
Teaching
To conclude
 Where scholarly activity has a narrow
interpretation, scholarly activity and
scholarship may not be understo...
What is Scholarship ?
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A talk on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning by Prof. Douglas Newton, School of Ed., Durham University

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What is Scholarship ?

  1. 1. TEACHING FELLOWS AND SCHOLARLY ACTIVITY DOUG NEWTON PROFESSOR SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
  2. 2. Different roles? ‘Teaching Fellow’ Scholarly Activity Admin Teaching ‘Lecturer’ Research Admin Teaching
  3. 3. Scholarship & Scholarly Activity  Scholarship: erudition, extensive assimilated learning, being an authority in a field of learning.  Scholarly activity: the process of achieving, maintaining and fostering extensive learning, and of widening awareness of its value in specific contexts.
  4. 4. Some scholarly activities Updating subject knowledge Attending a research seminar Developing teaching skillsAttending a teaching conference Giving a seminar to colleagues Preparing a poster for a conference Speaking at a teaching conference Writing for a professional journal Active membership of a professional body Study for a further qualification/for additional skills Devising a new approach to teaching Applying for a HEA teaching development grant Writing a textbook review Reviewing a research articleWriting a textbook Being an editor of a professional journal Submitting a paper to a research journal Applying for research funds Promoting subject via the media Presenting aTV programme/series Raising the public profile of a subject through writing Organising a conference
  5. 5. And some‘research’activities Updating subject knowledge Attending a research seminar Developing teaching skillsAttending a teaching conference Giving a seminar to colleagues Preparing a poster for a conference Speaking at a teaching conference Writing for a professional journal Active membership of a professional body Study for a further qualification/for additional skills Devising a new approach to teaching Applying for a HEA teaching development grant Writing a textbook review Reviewing a research article Writing a textbook Being an editor of a professional journal Submitting a paper to a research journal Applying for research funds Promoting subject via the media Presenting aTV programme/series Raising the public profile of a subject through writing Shaping subject teaching internationally
  6. 6. Some concrete products of scholarly activity  Better teaching evaluations  Seminars for colleagues  Poster/presentation at a conference  Book/article review  Issues/Journals produced as an editor  Professional/academic articles/books/software  Income (e.g. HEA)  Further qualifications  Radio/TV programme/series  Contributions as a member of committees  Contributions made as a consultant  Prizes and awards for teaching/books/supervision
  7. 7. Well kept secrets Some of the 40,000 bronze arrowheads recovered from the site of the Terracotta Army © Imperial Logistics Project The project’s latest results focus on investigating the logistics of technology and labour org
  8. 8. Less tangible products  Raising the profile of subject/department/University publicly  Increased personal motivation/interest/vigour in teaching  Enhanced respect  Public recognition/esteem  Evidence to argue for promotion
  9. 9. Making a difference: evidence of impact  Evidence of better/effective/efficient teaching/enhanced student achievement  Evidence that others use your ideas  Evidence of engagement with your ideas (e.g. book sales, reference to your approach)  Evidence of effectively promoting your subject  Evidence of changes in policy/organisation/ content/perceptions/value due to you These may be local, national, international
  10. 10. Scholarly activity  Scholarly activity is wide ranging  Engaged in to the full, it produces scholars and scholarship  Scholarship has the potential to promote the University and its scholars  Where it is ignored:  It is a missed opportunity for promotion of the institution/faculty/department  It risks a narrower and, I believe, poorer intellectual ethos.
  11. 11. AnAcademic Scholarly Activity Admin Teaching
  12. 12. To conclude  Where scholarly activity has a narrow interpretation, scholarly activity and scholarship may not be understood.  In which case, scholarship may be interpreted narrowly as dabbling in research.  Some may need to be enlightened.  Some may need to be enlightened more than once.

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