I think that any discussion on teaching and learning should explore the relationship between three key elements: the teacher, the content, and the learner.

Teacher Image with black background

Exploring the relationship between each of these elements provides a conceptual framework for the scholarship of teaching and learning. Let’s take for example an investigation into “active learning”. Depending on which of the three relationships you are examining, you might choose classroom techniques as the object of inquiry. Is this a scrutiny of teacher-content or content-learner or teacher-learner relationship? In reflecting on this question, one might conclude that all three may be involved in this hypothesis testing. However, a study would be designed much differently if the research question were focusing on the teacher-content relationship versus the content-learner relationship. In future posts, I will muse over these relationships in more depth.