The important risk-taking of advocating for student partnership practice
This opinion piece is a call to action for all higher education teachers engaged in partnership practice to consider themselves advocates, reluctant or willing, for a partnership approach in higher education, reluctant or willing. By sharing my lived experience of partnership, I highlight some of the considerations facing teachers who are resisting the ‘how we do things’ pressures that reproduce existing learner-teacher power structures and cause tensions between colleagues. However, I argue that without teachers as drivers, partnership practice will remain an idealist goal experienced by few.
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