Humanities Research Council of Canada and by les Fonds pour la formation des chercheurs et aide à la recherche du Québec. 2Inquiry into teaching and learning The invitation to participate in this panel stated that its purpose is to examine how the scholarship of teaching and learning is taking shape in different national contexts, sketching its history, place, and prospects in the political culture of higher education in our countries. We were asked to address the most salient or problematic issues that shape or affect the engagement of mainstream faculty members in and with scholarly work on teaching and learning in their classrooms and in their disciplines. The first issue I propose to consider, because it is fundamental to our discussion, is our conception of the scholarship of teaching and learning and what it requires of us. To further situate our discussion, I will then offer a perspective on the route taken in the development of research on postsecondary teaching and learning in North America and Europe. Next I will trace developments in Canada over the last four decades. Chief among these developments are the search for great exemplars of teaching, the findings of th
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