A Theoretically Grounded Framework for Integrating the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Jill K. Walls


SoTL scholars have written about the importance and utility of teaching from a guiding theoretical framework. In this paper, ecological theory and specifically Bronfenbrenner’s bioecological model, is examined as a potential framework for synthesizing SoTL research findings to inform teaching and learning scholarship at the college level. A general overview of the bioecological model of human development and its application to the SoTL literature are provided. The benefit of adopting an ecologically-based framework to better understand and exploit the interdisciplinary nature of SoTL is discussed.


ecological theory, bioecological model, college/university teaching, theory, SoTL

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.14434/josotl.v17i2.20845










ISSN 1527-9316