The DLSI’s focus on teaching and learning supports the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and community-engaged scholarship.
This support emerges directly from Ernest Boyer’s (1990) model of scholarship, in which he champions the scholarship of teaching and learning as a critical and essential form of scholarship, alongside the scholarships of discovery, integration, and application. For a quick and accessible overview of Boyer’s model, including examples of each of the four types, see this faculty development presentation from McNabb and Pawlyshyn at Northeastern University. For resources related to SoTL and community-engaged scholarship, visit our SoTL page.
The work is also directly related to our Lasallian roots. As Br. William Mann, FSC, has explained, Jean Baptiste de La Salle and the Brothers from the early Christian Schools were unique among their contemporaries because they documented pedagogical praxis in The Conduct of the Christian Schools and other Lasallian texts. The DLSI is committed to supporting research collaborations between and among Lasallian institutions around the world through the Lasallian Research Network.