Developing Scholarship of Teaching and Learning through a Community of Enquiry

  • Vivienne Bozalek University of the Western Cape
  • Arona Dison
  • Melanie Alperstein
  • Veronica Mitchell
Keywords: Community of enquiry, scholarship of teaching and learning, collaborative writing, academic development course, professional development


A growing interest in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) in higher education has created a need to seek opportunities for its development both within and across disciplines and institutions. However, rewards for individual competitiveness in research publications, including the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), tend to discourage collaboration, which we argue could be highly conducive to the development of SoTL. This paper makes a contribution to these ideas by proposing the value of working together in a collaborative community of enquiry (CoE) in order to take forward SoTL in higher education.  We draw on Cassidy et al.’s (2008) and Christie et al.’s (2007) seven elements of a CoE to explore our own experience of forming a CoE emanating from an inter-institutional professional course on teaching and learning, which assisted us to collaboratively contribute to SoTL. This approach for new collaborative potential can be useful to others seeking to transform established practices, particularly in the present South African context.


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Author Biography

Vivienne Bozalek, University of the Western Cape
Vivienne Bozalek is a professor of Social Work and the Director of Teaching and Learning at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), South Africa. She holds a PhD from Utrecht University. Her areas of research, publications and expertise include the use of post-structural, social justice and the political ethics of care perspectives, critical family studies, innovative pedagogical approaches in Higher Education, and feminist and participatory research methodologies.

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