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Wednesday, June 22 • 11:15 - 12:15
CON01.04c - We are the Process: Reflections on Students-As-Partners in Practice

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The three authors (administrator, graduate student, and undergraduate student) worked together over the last year to review literature on students-as-partners and to critique the students-as-partners model articulated by Healey et al. (2014) from feminist and critical perspectives. Much of the students-as-partners literature, and the Healey et al. model in particular, articulates a vision of inclusion of students in all aspects of teaching and learning. We support this, however, we argue that there is an absence of critical and feminist student and practitioner voices in the students-as-partners literature. As such, we concluded, similar to Seale et al. (2015), that deeper reflection on the power embedded in our daily processes and relationships when engaged in students-as-partners work is required. We also advocate for a nuanced version of the Healey et al. model to ensure responsiveness to the issues of self-reflection and power in students-as-partners work.

In this session, we build on our previous presentations at STLHE 2015 and ISSoTL 2015, by providing an overview of our review of the literature on students-as-partners and our critique of the Healey et al. model. Through the sharing of self-reflective excerpts, we highlight our own process of working together on this project, as an example of the students-as-partners model in practice. We emphasize that students-as-partners practices cannot simply be about models or structures. Our practices must include a personal commitment to reflection, mindfulness, vulnerability, and a willingness to change - on the part of all parties.

By the end of this session, the presenters will have identified key elements of their critique of the students-as-partners model as articulated by Healey et al. and the literature generally. Participants will have been invited to engage in self-reflection on their experiences with students-as-partners practices and to share their reflections. Finally, participants will be invited to join in ongoing conversations about students-as-partners practices in the Canadian context.


Heather Smith

University of Northern BC
avatar for Roselynn Verwoord

Roselynn Verwoord

University of Victoria

Additional Authors

Angela Kehler

Angela Kehler is a 4th year undergraduate student at University of Northern BC completing a BA in Environmental Studies and Political Science. She currently serves as a student Senator.

Wednesday June 22, 2016 11:15 - 12:15 EDT
UCC 56