Reimagining the place of students in academic development

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International Journal for Academic Development, 2019, 24 (2), pp. 192 - 203
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© 2019, © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. As calls for student-staff partnership proliferate across higher education, academic development must re-examine and reimagine its relationship to students. Students generally occupy roles with limited agency in academic development. We argue that this needs to change. We propose re-articulating the purpose of academic development toward the creation of conditions that liberate everyone involved in teaching and learning in higher education. We offer four vignettes that illustrate what is possible when students have the opportunity to embrace their essential roles. We conclude by reflecting on the human implications of student agency in academic development and higher education more broadly.
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