Title: Enhancing the scholarship of teaching and learning: the interplay between teaching and research

Authors: Patricia Almeida, Jose Joaquim Teixeira-Dias, Jorge Medina

Addresses: Research Centre for Didactics and Technology in Teacher Education, Department of Education, University of Aveiro, Campus Universitario de Santiago, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal. ' Department of Chemistry, University of Aveiro, Campus Universitario de Santiago, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal. ' Department of Geosciences, University of Aveiro, Campus Universitario de Santiago, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal

Abstract: The goal of this essay is to illustrate how the scholarship of teaching and learning can be enhanced through the development of action research projects rooted in students| questioning, and conceived and implemented by both university teachers and educational researchers. Valuing and stimulating students| questions adds an innovative dimension to undergraduate science education as it gives students a central role in the learning process. Consequently, encouraging students| questioning also strengthens teaching-research links by bringing teachers and learners together in a community of enquiry.

Keywords: scholarship; SoTL; scholarly teaching; learning; student questioning; higher education; science education; chemistry; geology; action research; educational research; universities; undergraduate education.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTCS.2010.033321

International Journal of Teaching and Case Studies, 2010 Vol.2 No.3/4, pp.262 - 275

Available online: 24 May 2010 *

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