"The scholarship or teaching is integrating the experience of teaching with the scholarship of research. It is the ongoing and cumulative intellectual inquiry, through systematic observations and ongoing investigations by faculty, into the nature of learning and the impact of teaching on it."

~Hutchings and Shulman, 1999

"The scholarship of teaching shares characteristics of excellent and scholarly teaching, but, in addition, involves communicating and disseminating about the teaching and learning practices of one's subject. It also entails investigating questions related to how students learn within a discipline."

~Healey, 2000

"Scholarship of teaching and learning is work that encourages an empirical examination of teaching in relation to student learning. It is distinct from scholarly teaching in that it goes beyond teaching well, even superbly, to participating in a focused inquiry process and reflective practice about one's own teaching."

~Darling, 2003

"The scholarship of teaching and learning goes beyond scholarly teaching and involves systematic study of teaching and/or learning and the public sharing and review of such work through presentations, performance, or publications."

~McKinney, 2004

Journal of Instructional Research

The Journal of Instructional Research (JIR) is an annual publication by the Center for Innovation in Research and Teaching at Grand Canyon University.  The journal highlights faculty research relevant to best practices in post-secondary instruction. JIR has a unique two-stage evaluation process with public peer review and interactive discussion followed by a final formalized peer review for interested authors. The overarching goal of JIR is to provide SoTL researchers an opportunity to receive public review of their work to promote innovative, quality research that examines post-secondary teaching and learning. Through the public review process, authors receive feedback they can use for revising their research prior to submitting for publication. Authors can elect to submit the revised work either to JIR for publication consideration or to another publication outlet. Submissions to JIR are subject to a formalized peer review to determine suitability for publication.

The goals of JIR are to:

    • Enhance understanding and application of best practices in college teaching
    • Foster dialogue concerning innovative teaching, learning and assessment strategies
    • Foster a scholarly approach to the practice and profession of teaching

Aligned with these goals, topics to be covered in JIR include, but are not limited to:

    • Innovative teaching methods
    • Pedagogy
    • Technology-mediated instruction or assessment
    • Course design or delivery
    • Evaluation and learning
    • Evaluation of modes of instructional delivery
    • Learning management systems
    • Best practices in college teaching
    • Student characteristics that impact teaching

To post a comment or participate in the public review, you must be a member of the JIR community.

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  • ISSN 2159-0281 (Print)
  • eISSN 2159-029X (Online)

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All papers submitted to JIR will be posted on the JIR website for public review and comment during one of three discussion periods (February, June or September). Following the discussion period, an author can revise and elect to submit for publication consideration with JIR or may elect to submit to another journal outlet. The final print and online volume of JIR is published annually in the spring.

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