What SoTL Research Does and Doesn’t Give Us

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Last week I tried to write a blog post about research article reviews—those quantitative, qualitative, or narrative summaries of where the research stands on a given issue. I couldn’t make the post work. It ended up being a tirade about the disconnect between research and practice. But I’m back at it this week, finding my way via an old article. For years, I’ve used Stanford education professor Elliot Eisner’s description of teachers as those who “orchestrate” learning. Seeing a reference to it motivated me to look up the Eisner article and reread it. Looking back, I think that’s the article that first made me aware of the complexities involved in teaching.

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