It can be challenging for faculty with limited knowledge of the science of teaching and learning to situate their SoTL studies within a theoretical framework. Fortunately, there are several resources on the science of teaching and learning written for those outside of the discipline. Here are some places to start:
Ambrose, S. A., Bridges, M. W., DiPietro, M., Lovett, M. C., & Norman, M. K. (2010). How learning works: 7 research-based principles for smart teaching (1st ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Benassi, V. A., Overson, C. E., & Hakala, C. M. (2014). Applying science of learning in education: Infusing psychological science into the curriculum. Free e-book available from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology web site
SoTL Theoretical Foundations and Concepts: https://researchsotl.wordpress.com/
For additional resources on research methodologies typically used in SoTL, see the following:
Gurung, R. A. R., & Wilson, J. H. (2013, Winter). Doing the scholarship of teaching and learning: Measuring systematic changes to teaching and improvements in learning. New Directions for Teaching and Learning, Issue 136.
Kanuka, H. (2011). Keeping the scholarship in the scholarship of teaching and learning. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Vol 5, No. 1, Article 3. http://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=12...
Kelly, N., Nesbit, S., & Oliver, C. (2012). A difficult journey: Transitioning from STEM to SoTL. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Vol. 6, No. 1, Article 18. Available at: http://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/ij-sotl/vol6/iss1/18
McKinney, K. (2012) Increasing the impact of SoTL: Two sometimes neglected opportunities. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Vol. 6, No. 1, Article 3. Available at: http://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/ij-sotl/vol6/iss1/3
Karen L. Smith Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning, University of Central Florida http://www.fctl.ucf.edu/researchandscholarship/sotl/creatingsotlprojects...