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The Scholarship of Teaching and LearningA Guide for Scientists, Engineers, and Mathematicians$
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Jacqueline Dewar, Curtis Bennett, and Matthew A. Fisher

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198821212

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198821212.001.0001

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Gathering Evidence: The Basics

Gathering Evidence: The Basics

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(p.60) Chapter 4 Gathering Evidence: The Basics
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The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
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Jacqueline M. Dewar

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198821212.003.0005

Chapter 4 provides an introduction to gathering data for scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) investigations, including the importance of triangulation, that is, collecting several different types of evidence. Examples are given of typical kinds of quantitative (numerical) and qualitative (non-numerical) data that might be used in a SoTL study. That quantitative and qualitative data are more closely related than it might seem at first is discussed. The taxonomy of SoTL questions—What works? What is? What could be?—provides a starting point for considering what type of data to collect. Suggestions are offered for ways to design assignments so that the coursework students produce can also serve as evidence, something that benefits both students and their instructor.

Keywords:   quantitative data, qualitative data, triangulation, SoTL taxonomy, assignment design, alignment

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