Building Your Scholarship From Your Teaching: Plan Now

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As you begin the academic year, it is time to think about your scholarship as a teacher. We build evidence for teaching in nursing and knowledge about best practices through the scholarship you do as a nurse educator. Scholarship of teaching is inquiry about student learning and development and about teaching that you disseminate. This dissemination is critical—for your teaching activities to be considered as scholarship, they need to be public for others to review and critique.1 Sharing your scholarship spreads new ideas and, ultimately, is how we build evidence in nursing education.
Scholarship of teaching in nursing includes studies you conduct, but this is a narrow view. Scholarship also includes new programs, courses, learning activities, teaching methods, simulations, evaluation strategies, tools and forms, and initiatives in your school that you evaluate and share with others.2 Nurse educators in every type of nursing program can engage in the scholarship of teaching, but it has to be planned.
How can you develop your scholarship?
The articles in this issue of Nurse Educator represent scholarship that the authors generated from the work they did as faculty members in their own schools of nursing. This academic year, turn your teaching into scholarship.
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