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Blurring Staff and Student Identities: the impact of learning partnerships

Jensen, Kathrine (2014) Blurring Staff and Student Identities: the impact of learning partnerships. In: ALDinHE 2014: Learning Development Spaces and Places, 14-16 April 2014, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, United Kingdom. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

At the University of Huddersfield the Students' Union and the Teaching and Learning Institute developed a scheme where students worked as teaching and learning consultants in partnership with staff. The role of student teaching and learning consultant was developed to get beyond a hierarchical student/staff relationship and for staff to engage with a student perspective outside more formal quality enhancement processes. One aspect of implementing the scheme was the creation of a space where students and staff could engage in informal conversations about teaching and learning. At times the scheme included the blurring of student/staff identities; for example some of the student consultants reported that they felt they were engaging with staff on a more equal footing, that they had a greater understanding of how people learn in different ways and of the complexities involved in teaching. We argue that the scheme has enabled the student consultants to gain new perspectives on teaching and learning and allows staff to see their practice from a student point of view. Academic staff reported that they found the student perspective valuable, the feedback useful and were better informed about what students think. The project was funded by the Higher Education Academy and it builds on work by Crawford (2012) and Cook-Sather (2011).

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Schools: Teaching and Learning Institute
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Cook-Sather, A. (2011) ‘Layered learning: student consultants deepening classroom and life lessons’, Educational Action Research, 19:1, 41-57.

Crawford, K. (2012) Rethinking the student/teacher nexus: students as consultants on teaching in higher education. In: Towards teaching in public: reshaping the modern university. Continuum.

Depositing User: Kathrine Jensen
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2014 15:47
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2016 00:44
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/20094

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