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This paper will discuss qualitative research that was conducted in our professional practice in supporting academic staff in third level learning and teaching. Our goal was to understand more fully the process of compiling a teaching portfolio through supporting the academic staff in their development of an authentic voice. The scholarship of teaching has been of growing interest to the institution from which this Postgraduate Certificate in Third Level Learning and Teaching Course is delivered. This reflects a worldwide focus. Badley's research on HEFCE (2002) "what is required is for all teaching to be animated by scholarship and for scholarship in turn to be informed by research." Boyer (1990) in the USA has completed significant work on developing a broader conception of scholarship. His work has identified four scholarships: the scholarship of discovery (or basic research), the scholarship of integration, the scholarship of application and the scholarship of teaching. This has also found favour in Australia, where Andresen (2000) notes that an "increasing number of institutions in Australia are today comfortably embracing the Boyerian stance and attempting to implement it in their policies."
Donnelly, R. (2003) Creating Spaces for Voices: The Portfolio as a Framework to Support Enquiry into Third Level Teaching and Learning. European Educational Research Association Conference. Hamburg, September 17-20, 2003.