Engagement through partnership: students as partners in learning and teaching in Higher Education

Harrington, Kathy, Flint, Abbi and Healey, Mick (2014) Engagement through partnership: students as partners in learning and teaching in Higher Education. Other. Higher Education Academy, York, UK.

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Engaging students and staff effectively as partners in learning and teaching is arguably one of the most important issues facing higher education in the 21st century. Students as partners is a concept which interweaves through many other debates, including assessment and feedback, employability, flexible pedagogies, internationalisation, linking teaching and research, and retention and success. Interest in the idea has proliferated in policy and practice in the UK and internationally, particularly in the last few years. Wider economic factors and recent policy changes are influencing a contemporary environment in which students are often positioned as passive consumers of, rather than active participants in, their own higher education. It is timely to take stock and distil the current context, underlying principles and directions for future work on students as partners in learning and teaching.

The aims of this report are to:

- offer a pedagogical case for partnership in learning and teaching;
- propose a conceptual model for exploring the ways in which students act as partners in learning and teaching;
- outline how the development of partnership learning communities may guide and sustain practice;
- map the territory of strategic and sustainable practices of engaging students as partners in learning and teaching across diverse contexts;
- identify tensions and challenges inherent to partnership in learning and teaching, and offer suggestions to individuals and institutions for addressing them;
- identify priorities for further work.

This report concentrates on students as partners in learning and teaching in higher education, though we recognise that students may act as partners in many other important ways, including institutional governance, quality assurance activities, research strategies and policies, estates, community engagement, and other extra- curricular activities. Partnership in learning and teaching is one aspect of the larger picture of an institution- wide ethos and practice of partnership.

Item Type: Monograph (Other)
Uncontrolled Keywords: student engagement; learning; teaching; Higher Education (HE); staff-student partnerships
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 370 Education
Department: Centre for Professional Education and Development (CPED)
Depositing User: Katherine Harrington
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2019 13:44
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2019 13:54
URI: http://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/5176

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