Eye on Teaching: Improving practice through research inquiries

Raja Maznah Raja Hussain, Aishah Abu Bakar

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Researching to improve teaching is a rare practice in the University of Malaya (UM). The faculties are more devoted to research in their own disciplines as the reward for publication and recognition on the research findings are more tangible and measurable. As a research university, UM recognizes the importance of action research to improve practice among the lecturers. This presentation will share our journey to introduce scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) to the faculties and our effort to guide faculties to systematically create knowledge about their practice by having their "Eye on Teaching." The journey began in the year 2008 when we invited the first national teaching award winners to share their experience. The meeting launched our mission to improve practice among the lecturers by forming the first action research group consisting of participants from several higher education institutions in Malaysia. Learning from the first action research group we have now formed two more research groups focusing on different aspects of research on their teaching. It is our hope that the lessons learnt from our experience will benefit other staff developers who are interested in enhancing the scholarship of teaching and learning in their institutions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)403-407
Number of pages5
JournalProcedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event1st World Conference on Learning, Teaching and Administration, WCLTA-2010 - Cairo, Egypt
Duration: Oct 29 2010Oct 31 2010


  • Improving practice through research
  • Research on teaching
  • Scholarship of teaching and learning
  • Teaching inquiry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Psychology


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