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Teaching and Learning: Research Resources on Teaching

This guide will assist you in conducting research for projects and grants related to teaching and learning.

Books and Articles for Getting Started with Research on Teaching and Learning

Annotated literature database on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning:

Bass, R.  (1998). The scholarship of teaching: What’s the problem?  Inventio: Creative thinking about learning and teaching, 1, 1-10. 

Bishop-Clark, C., & Dietz-Uhler, B. (2012). Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: A guide to the process, and how to develop a project from start to finish. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

Felten, P. (2013). Principles of good practice in SoTL. Teaching and Learning Inquiry: The ISSOTL Journal1(1), 121-125.

Huber, M. T., & Morreale, S. P.  (2002).  Disciplinary styles in the scholarship of teaching and learning: Exploring common ground.  Washington, DC: AAHE.  Link to pdf:

Hutchings, P.  (2000).  Opening lines: Approaches to the scholarship of teaching and learning.  Menlo Park, CA: Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  Link to pdf:

McKinney, K. (2010). Enhancing learning through the scholarship of teaching and learning: The challenges and joys of juggling. San Francisco, CA: John Wiley & Sons.

McKinney, K.  (2011).  What is the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) in higher education? Retrieved from:

Shulman, L. S. (1993).  Forum: Teaching and community property: Putting an end to pedagogical solitude.  Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 25, 6-7.  Link: 

Shulman, L. S. (2004).  The wisdom of practice: Essays on teaching, learning, and learning to teach.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. 

University of Waterloo Centre for Teaching Excellence Teaching Tips

Wiggins, G. P., & McTighe, J.  (2005).  Understanding by design.  Alexandria,  VA: ASCD.

Selected sources on the field of Scholarlyship of Teaching and Learning: 

Research Guides

Researching Teaching and Student Outcomes in Postsecondary Education: A Guide from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO)

Research on Teaching and Learning Guidebook from McMaster University

Ethics in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Key Principles and Strategies for Ethical Practice from University of Calgary 

Chick, N. (n.d.). Scholarship of teaching and learning: A guide from the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching.

Norton, L. S. (2009). Action research in teaching and learning: A practical guide to conducting pedagogical research in universities. Oxen: Taylor and Francis.

Discipline-Specific Teaching Journals

There are teaching journals grounded in specific discplines that may be of interest to you while you formulate your research topic and determine the originality of your research question. 

See the following subpages for the titles of some discipline-specific teaching journals: 

Getting Access to Content We Don't Subscribe To

The Library subscribes many journals, but even when we don't subscribe to something we can still provide you with access

To get access to journal content we do not subscribe to, submit a request form through the Interlibrary Loan service. Login to the ILL system here. Once you are logged in, click on the Blank Request Form in the left hand menu and fill out the information you have for the journal article. 

To get online access to this content, leave the pickup location at the default "email link - copies only". 

Teaching and Learning Database

Databases can be a great place to conduct a review of the relevant literature, and to see the information available on your topic in several journals at once. ERIC is the database that focuses on teaching literature. 


The ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) database is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education to provide extensive access to educational-related literature.