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Students as change partners in the School of Literature and Languages at the University of Reading

Becker, L., Collier, J. and Setter, J. (2018) Students as change partners in the School of Literature and Languages at the University of Reading. The Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change, 4 (1). ISSN 2055-4990

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To link to this item DOI: 10.21100/jeipc.v4i1.712

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The pedagogic landscape in Higher Education (HE) has certainly witnessed change in recent years, and involving students as partners in aspects of degree programme development is part of that change (Lowe and Dunne, 2017). Darling-Hammond (2009) described how educational systems internationally are changing priorities to enable students to ‘cope with complexity, use new technologies, and work cooperatively to frame and solve novel problems’ (p. 45). Zhao (2011) asserts that it is vital to engage students as partners in change, giving them an active hand in programme design, to enable students to develop into creative individuals who leave education with much more than just an academic qualification; it is an ‘authentic way to develop professional skills’ (Giles, Martin, Bryce & Hendry, 2004, p. 681) as well as an opportunity to develop a positive and autonomous approach to learning that will be long lasting and productive The case study which follows involved students working cooperatively with each other and with staff in a School of Literature and Languages. Together, we re-designed a new module aimed at developing students’ understanding of the demands of university level study and writing and supporting them in their transition from sixth form to Higher Education.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > English Language and Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > English Literature
Central Services > Academic and Governance Services > Centre for Quality Support and Development (CQSD)
ID Code:75675
Publisher:Educational Development Unit, University of Greenwich

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