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Abstract Title: A case study of tensions in student-faculty partnerships for departmental change work
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Abstract: Students as Partners (SaP) is a pedagogical approach that considers students co-creators of an educational environment along with faculty, rather than passive participants. While an increasing body of literature evidences a multitude of positive outcomes from the SaP approach, there remains limited research on the challenges that inevitably arise. Quan et al. (2021) outlined such challenges in a paper showing that different members of a Departmental Action Team (DAT), in which students, staff, and faculty collaborate on a change effort, had different perspectives of their partnership. In this work, we confirm and expand upon those findings in a case study of another DAT. We find not only that the same points of disconnect are present in our case study, but additionally identify three areas of differing perspectives: motivation, commitment duration, and information transparency. We evidence these tensions with interviews from DAT members and discuss how they may be navigated successfully.
Session Time: Poster Session 2
Poster Number: B62
Contributed Paper Record: Contributed Paper Information
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Fatima Abdurrahman
University of Maryland, College Park (Department of Physics)
Oakland, CA 94608
Phone: 5103677754
and Co-Presenter(s)
Diana Sachmpazidi (She/Her/Hers), same as first author
Robert P. Dalka (He/Him/His), " "
Chandra Turpen (She/Her/Hers), " "