Learning and Teaching Scholarship: Discovery across Disciplines

By J. Fiona Peterson, Andrea Chester, Suzie Attiwill and Debra Bateman.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences: Annual Review

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This article describes a community of practice in learning and teaching scholarship, spanning the social sciences, humanities and creative arts disciplines in an Australian university. Those in formal leadership roles for learning and teaching have adapted the “integrated scholarship” approach, which involves collaborative learning through practice, research, reflection and discovery. Using a comparative personal narrative methodology, we focus on stories of leading curriculum development and implementation. First, we explain the aims of the community of practice, in establishing a colloquial space to explore stories from practice in different disciplinary group contexts. Second, we present three stories from our practice, illustrating the influence of the disciplines on our leadership practice and language. Third, we compare the approaches, outcomes and reflections in the three contexts, with further reflection upon the implications of building relationships between disciplinary “world views” in the social sciences, humanities and creative arts. The article highlights that interdisciplinary thinking is integral to making creative connections for collaborative knowledge building, in exploring the scholarship of learning and teaching across disciplines.

Keywords: Interdisciplinarity, Scholarship of Learning and Teaching, Leadership, Personal Accounts

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences: Annual Review, Volume 10, pp.33-50. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: December 27, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 401.335KB)), ISSN: ISSN 1833-1882.

Dr. J. Fiona Peterson

Deputy Dean, Learning and Teaching, School of Media and Communication, RMIT University, Melbourne, Vic, Australia

Dr. Andrea Chester

Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor, Learning and Teaching, College of Design and Social Context, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Dr. Suzie Attiwill

Deputy Dean, Learning and Teaching, School of Architecture and Design, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Dr. Debra Bateman

Deputy Dean, Learning and Teaching, School of Global, Urban, and Social Studies, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia