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“I believe that the scholarship of teaching and learning is the most promising development in higher education today, and that this book is the best thing that could ever happen to it. Rather than engage in cheerleading, the authors calmly describe and characterize what is happening; and they do so with an honesty, empathy, and eye for detail that allows the movement to speak for itself. They introduce us to what real faculty are doing and take the view that all these varied activities belong in the ‘commons.’ More than just a book, this is an invitation to participate.”--Russ Edgerton, director, Pew Forum on Undergraduate Teaching; president emeritus, AAHE
The Advancement of Learning answers questions readers are likely to have: What are the defining elements of the scholarship of teaching and learning? What traditions does it build on? What are its distinctive claims and possibilities? What are the implications of the scholarship of teaching and learning for academic culture and careers? How does it shape the student experience? In addition, authors Mary Taylor Huber and Pat Hutchings introduce a new concept that expands on the scholarship of teaching and learningthe teaching commons. As the authors explain, the teaching commons is a conceptual space in which communities of educators committed to inquiry and innovation come together to exchange ideas about teaching and learning and use them to meet the challenges of educating students for personal, professional, and civic life.
The Advancement of Learning is filled with illustrative examples of the scholarship of teaching and learning from a wide range of fields and settings. The book explores what it takes for faculty to become engaged in such work and details the structures and policies that campuses need to develop in order to support faculty engagement with the teaching commons. The authors take stock of developments to date and clearly show the benefits for those who invest the necessary time and resources.
Drawing from the many facets of a movement that has the potential to shape the work of all faculty in higher education, The Advancement of Learning offers a unique vision of the scholarship of teaching and learning.