Connecting People, Practices, and Pedagogies
Evidence Matters: Designing Your SoTL Study
Jacqueline Dewar, Professor Emerita of Mathematics, Loyola Marymount University
After framing a researchable question, a SoTL investigator has to gather and analyze evidence to answer the question. Because the type of question being asked often guides decisions about what evidence to gather, this interactive workshop will begin with a brief description of the What is? What works? What could be? questions in Hutchings’ (2000) SoTL taxonomy. Then participants will gain “hands-on” experience with methods for gathering and analyzing evidence that tend to be unfamiliar to those beginning in SoTL, specifically, focus groups, think-alouds, knowledge surveys, and coding qualitative data. We will also consider both practical and ethical issues that arise when designing SoTL studies. Participants will practice applying this information to design a study of their own. They will receive additional resources for carrying out the design and implementation of a SoTL investigation.
For this experiential workshop, participants are encouraged to arrive with a research question in mind. Attendees who do not have a question will be able to choose from a set of generic questions, transferable to any discipline, to utilize during the workshop.
Curtis Bennett, Professor of Mathematics, Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Graduate Studies, Loyola Marymount University
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