Engaging Students as Participants and Partners: An Argument for Partnership with Students in Higher Education Research on Student Success

In: International Journal of Chinese Education
View More View Less
  • 1 The University of Queensland

Login via Institution

Abstract

Student success is of the upmost importance across the global higher education sector with a wealth of rich scholarship demonstrating the complexity of influences and factors that shape success. This article acknowledges that complexity and focuses on how students perceive, and partner in, shaping notions of their learning success through an analysis of two in-depth case studies. I draw on the theoretical framework of students as partners in learning and teaching. Broader implications are articulated followed by a specific focus on cross-cultural partnership from the perspective of a Chinese student partner. I argue that higher education scholars researching student success and learning outcomes should take seriously the perceptions of students to inform practice and policy, while also partnering with students in our own research to more genuinely comprehend the complexities of student success.

  • Astin, Alexander W. What Matters in College?: Four Critical Years Revisited. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1993.

  • Barnacle, Robyn, and Gloria Dall’Alba. “Committed to Learn: Student Engagement and Care in Higher Education.” Higher Education Research & Development 36, no. 7 (2017): 1326-1338.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Bovill, Catherine. “A Framework to Explore Roles within Student-staff Partnerships in Higher Education: Which Students are Partners, When, and in What Ways?” International Journal for Students as Partners 1, no. 1 (2017): 1-5.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Bryson, Colin, Ruth Furlonger, and Fae Rinaldo-Langridge. “A Critical Consideration of, and Research Agenda for, the Approach of ‘Students as Partners.’” In International Conference on Improving University Teaching, Ljubljana, Slovenia. 2015.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Bryson, Colin. “Clarifying the Concept of Student Engagement.” In Understanding and Developing Student Engagement, 21-42. London: Routledge, 2014.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Bu, Yitong. “Do International Students Buy the Idea of ‘Students as Partners?’ Will SaP be Beneficial for them?” Students as Partners in Global Learning. https://blogs.utas.edu.au/engaging-students/2017/05/12/do-international-students-buy-the-idea-of-students-as-partners-will-sap-be-beneficial-for-them/, 2017.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Carey, Philip. “Student Engagement in University Decision-making: Policies, Processes and the Student Voice.” PhD diss., Lancaster University, 2013.

    • Export Citation
  • Coates, Hamish. “The Value of Student Engagement for Higher Education Quality Assurance.” Quality in Higher Education 11, no. 1 (2005): 25-36.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Coates, Hamish. “Development of the Australasian Survey of Student Engagement (AUSSE).” Higher Education 60, no. 1 (2010): 1-17.

  • Coates, Hamish and Kelly E Matthews. “Frontier Perspectives and Insights into Higher Education Student Success.” Higher Education Research and Development 37, no 5 (2018): 903-907.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Coates, Hamish, Paula Kelly, Ryan Naylor, and Victor Borden. “Innovative Approaches for Enhancing the 21st Century Student Experience.” Can Policy Learn from Practice? 23, no. 1 (2016): 62-89.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Cook-Sather, Alison. “Tracing the Evolution of Student Voice in Educational Research.” In Radical Collegiality through Student Voice. New York: Springer Publishers, Forthcoming.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Cook-Sather, Alison. “Listening to Equity-seeking Perspectives: How Students’ Experiences of Pedagogical Partnership Can Inform Wider Discussions of Student Success.” Higher Education Research and Development 37, no. 5 (2018): 923-936 (in press).

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Cook-Sather, Alison, Catherine Bovill, and Peter Felten. Engaging Students as Partners in Learning and Teaching: A Guide for Faculty. San Francisco: John Wiley & Sons, 2014.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Cuseo, Joe. “Student Success: Definition, Outcomes, Principles and Practices.” Esource for College Transitions (2007): 1-16.

  • Dewey, John. Experience and Education. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1938.

  • Drinkwater, Michael J., Kelly E. Matthews, and Jacob Seiler. “How Is Science Being Taught? Measuring Evidence-Based Teaching Practices across Undergraduate Science Departments.” CBE-Life Sciences Education 16, no. 1 (2017): ar18.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Dvorakova, Lucie S., and Kelly E. Matthews. “Graduate Learning Outcomes in Science: Variation in Perceptions of Single-and Dual-Degree Students.” Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education 42, no. 6 (2017): 900-913.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Faculty of Science. “Bachelor of Science Curriculum Review Submission.” Brisbane: The University of Queensland. http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:715983, 2015.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Gibson, Suanne, Delia Baskerville, Ann Berry, Alison Black, Kathleen Norris, and Simoni Symeonidou. “Including Students as Co-enquirers: Matters of Identity, Agency, Language and Labelling in an International Participatory Research Study.” International Journal of Educational Research 81 (2017): 108-118.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Healey, Mick, Abbi Flint, and Kathy Harrington. “Students as Partners in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.” York: Higher Education Academy, 2014.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Healey, Mick, Abbi Flint, and Kathy Harrington. “Students as Partners: Reflections on a Conceptual Model.” Teaching & Learning Inquiry 4, no. 2 (2016): 1-13.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Kahu, Ella R., and Karen Nelson. “Student Engagement in the Educational Interface: Understanding the Mechanisms of Student Success.” Higher Education Research & Development 37, no. 1 (2018): 58-71.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • King, Deborah, Cristina Varsavsky, Shaun Belward, and Kelly E Matthews. “Investigating Students’ Perceptions of Graduate Learning Outcomes in Mathematics.” International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology 48, no. sup1 (2017): S67-S80.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Krause, Kerri‐Lee, and Hamish Coates. “Students’ Engagement in First‐year University.” Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education 33, no. 5 (2008): 493-505.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Kuh, George D. “What we’re Learning about Student Engagement from NSSE: Benchmarks for Effective Educational Practices.” Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning 35, no. 2 (2003): 24-32.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Kuh, George D., Jillian Kinzie, John H. Schuh, and Elizabeth J. Whitt. Student Success in College: Creating Conditions that Matter. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2005.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Matthews, Kelly E. “Students as Partners as the Future of Student Engagement.” Student Engagement in Higher Education Journal 1, no. 1 (2016a): 1-9.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Matthews, Kelly E. “Student Voice in Curriculum Review: Students as Partners.” In Australian Council of Deans of Science Education Conference. 2016b.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Matthews, Kelly E. “Five Propositions for Genuine Students as Partners Practice.” International Journal for Students as Partners 1, no. 2 (2017a): 1-9.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Matthews, Kelly E. “Students and Staff as Partners in Australian Higher Education: Introducing our Stories of Partnership.” Teaching and Learning Together in Higher Education 1, no. 21 (2017b): 1-4.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Matthews, Kelly E., Peter Adams, and Merrilyn Goos. “Quantitative Skills as a Graduate Learning Outcome: Exploring Students’ Evaluative Expertise.” Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education 42, no. 4 (2017): 564-579.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Matthews, Kelly E., Peter Adams, and Merrilyn Goos. “The Influence of Undergraduate Science Curriculum Reform on Students’ Perceptions of their Quantitative Skills.” International Journal of Science Education 37, no. 16 (2015): 2619-2636.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Matthews, Kelly E., Alison Cook-Sather, and Mick Healey. “Connecting Learning, Teaching, and Research through Student-staff Partnerships: Toward Universities as Egalitarian Learning Communities.” In Research Equals Teaching: Inspiring Research-based Education through Student-staff Partnerships, 23-29. London: University College of London Press 2018.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Matthews, Kelly E., Alexander Dwyer, Lorelei Hine, and Jarred Turner. “Conceptions of Students as Partners.” Higher Education (2018): 1-15.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Matthews, Kelly E., Jennifer Firn, Susanne Schmidt, and Karen Whelan. “A Comparative Study on Student Perceptions of their Learning Outcomes in Undergraduate Science Degree Programmes with Differing Curriculum Models.” International Journal of Science Education 39, no. 6 (2017): 742-760.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Matthews, Kelly E., and Yvonne Hodgson. “The Science Students Skills Inventory: Capturing Graduate Perceptions of their Learning Outcomes.” International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education 20, no. 1 (2012).

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Matthews, Kelly E., Yvonne Hodgson, and Cristina Varsavsky. “Factors Influencing Students’ Perceptions of their Quantitative Skills.” International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology 44, no. 6 (2013): 782-795.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Matthews, Kelly E., and Lucy D. Mercer-Mapstone. “Toward Curriculum Convergence for Graduate Learning Outcomes: Academic Intentions and Student Experiences.” Studies in Higher Education 43, no. 4 (2018): 644-659.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Melguizo, Tatiana, and Hamish Coates. “The Value of Assessing Higher Education Student Learning Outcomes.” AERA Open 3, no. 3 (2017): 2332858417715417.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Mercer-Mapstone, Lucy, Sam Lucie Dvorakova, Kelly E. Matthews, Sophia Abbot, Breagh Cheng, Peter Felten, Kris Knorr, Elizabeth Marquis, Rafaella Shammas, and Kelly Swaim. “A Systematic Literature Review of Students as Partners in Higher Education.” International Journal for Students as Partners 1, no. 1 (2017): 1-23.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Mercer-Mapstone, Lucy D., and Kelly E. Matthews. “Student Perceptions of Communication Skills in Undergraduate Science at an Australian Research-intensive University.” Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education 42, no. 1 (2017): 98-114.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Varsavsky, Cristina, Kelly E. Matthews, and Yvonne Hodgson. “Perceptions of Science Graduating Students on their Learning Gains.” International Journal of Science Education 36, no. 6 (2014): 929-951.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Wenstone, Rachel. “A Manifesto for Partnership. National Union of Students.” http://www.nusconnect.org.uk/resourcehandler/0a02e2e5-197e-4bd3-b7ed-e8ceff3dc0e4/, 2012.

    • Export Citation
  • Yates, Brian, Sue Jones, and Jo Kelder. “Learning and Teaching Academic Standards Project: Science.” Sydney: Office for Learning and Teaching. http://www.olt.gov.au/resource-learning-and-teaching-academic-standards-science-2011, 2011.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation

Content Metrics

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 376 140 8
Full Text Views 164 15 1
PDF Downloads 33 18 4