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The Value of Working with Students as Partners

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This chapter provides an overview of the growing literature on students as partners and shares one university’s progress with adopting such an approach. Students are often represented at all decision-making levels within universities, and their voices are certainly well expressed, if not always heard. The challenge lies in moving beyond tokenistic student representation and voice, towards partnership. Engaging students as partners in curriculum design and university-wide change initiatives is a growing trend that allows the sharing of different kinds of expertise, professional development for staff and students, and the development of critical thinking and analysis skills for all involved. Effective and sustainable partnership, however, needs to begin from the conception of the project or initiative, and to continue through the design, implementation and evaluation phases.

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Sutherland, K.A., Lenihan-Ikin, I., Rushforth, C. (2019). The Value of Working with Students as Partners. In: Lygo-Baker, S., Kinchin, I., Winstone, N. (eds) Engaging Student Voices in Higher Education . Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-20824-0_3

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