As with any scholarship, SoTL projects are situated within larger conversations about a) the issues at the heart of the inquiry, b) the discipline (as relevant), and c) what we know about learning. (See the video below for more about “c.”)
Lit reviews in SoTL can be particularly challenging because they take us out of our known disciplinary publications and databases. Just a few years ago, many of the SoTL journals weren’t yet included in the major library databases, but most are now, so this necessary stage has gotten significantly easier.
For detailed guidance and resources, consult the following:
The video below addresses the larger conversation of what we know about how, when, and why students transfer (or don’t) learning.
For guidance on this stage of a SoTL project, see
“Situating Your Project Within Larger Conversations: Doing a Lit Review.”