What we talk about when we talk about Students as Partners


  • Alison Cook-Sather Teaching and Learning Institute, Bryn Mawr College, USA
  • Kelly E. Matthews Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation, The University of Queensland, Australia
  • Anita Ntem Charter Management Office, Democracy Prep Public Schools, USA
  • Sandra Leathwick Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation, The University of Queensland, Australia






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Will, L. [DrLetitiaWill]. (2018, April 15). As #highered we are still in a place where we do not realize that students are central to what we do. Anytime our decisions are made with them as an afterthought we are heading down a wrong path. #Students #studentsaspartners #studentcentered [Tweet]. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/drletitiawill/status/985227680638492673?s=12

Wright, A. [wrightetal]. (2018, March 29). Interesting this notion finally gets some play. "Partners" implies parity and equal status and #studentsaspartners often has a pretentious, misleading, flavour. It denies the very real differences between faculty and students. Don't disguise your position of power. [Tweet]. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/wrightetal/status/979312833996476416




How to Cite

Cook-Sather, A., Matthews, K. E., Ntem, A., & Leathwick, S. (2018). What we talk about when we talk about Students as Partners. International Journal for Students As Partners, 2(2), 1-9. https://doi.org/10.15173/ijsap.v2i2.3790