20th Annual SEDA Conference

Scholarship and Educational Development: The importance of using an evidence base for Learning and Teaching

19 November 2015 - 20 November 2015

Location: St David's Hotel and Spa, Cardiff


SEDA 20th Annual Conference 2015 Handbook

We know that the very essence of scholarship is central not only to the content of our teaching, but also pedagogic development, and it provides an evidence based for pedagogic and academic practice.

As Boyer (1990) reminds us, 'pedagogical procedures must be carefully planned, continuously examined, and relate directly to the subject taught.teaching at its best means not only transmitting knowledge, but transforming and extending it as well.what we urgently need to day is a more inclusive view of what it means to be a scholar.'

The value of scholarship also underpins the SEDA values 'scholarship encourages learners and developers to adopt an informed, critical and analytic approach across their practice'. By drawing on alternative perspectives, theories, models, policies and research, scholarship involves us in questioning and challenging our practice. We use existing scholarly knowledge to underpin and develop our practice and that of others. It also underpins the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) namely A5 'engage in continuing professional development in subjects/disciplines and their pedagogy, incorporating research, scholarship and the evaluation of professional practices' and V3 'use of evidence-informed approaches and the outcomes from research, scholarship and continuing professional development.'

As educational developers, we are keen to support the scholarship of ourselves, and our colleagues, in exploring through reflection, scholarship and working with our communities so that we can develop not only ourselves and our colleagues but also the formal and informal processes we may use at different levels, personal, collective, institutional and even national and international.


  • Scholarship which supports curriculum development and has important implications for the thinking and the practice of educators and developers
  • The integration of scholarship in the practice of both staff and students
  • Innovative practice in educational development which takes advantage of scholarship
  • Supporting and encouraging integration between research and approaches to learning and teaching
  • Strategies and techniques for the critical and effective embedding of new approaches which make appropriate use of subject pedagogic scholarship
  • Scholarship as a driver for change
  • Supporting colleagues to engage in scholarly activities through developmental activities
  • Raising the profile of the scholarship of Teaching and Learning within institutions
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