Learning about learning and teaching: developing classroom consciousness and reimagining collaboration between students and staff

Cui, Vanessa and O'Leary, Matt and Pressick, Ilana and Reynolds, Stephanie and Roberts, Lee and Turville, Nathalie and White, Nick (2020) Learning about learning and teaching: developing classroom consciousness and reimagining collaboration between students and staff. Practice: Contemporary Issues in Practitioner Education. ISSN 2578-3866

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This paper explores what it means for university teachers and their students to work collaboratively to develop a collective classroom consciousness about learning and its relationship with teaching. It draws on qualitative data from several longitudinal case studies comprising academic staff and students who participated in two cycles of collaborative observation over a period of two academic years, as part of an externally funded project in a single faculty at a modern university in England¹. In this paper, we discuss participants’ experiences of identifying the foci of their observation inquiries, developing collaborative learning and teaching relationships through the project’s innovative approach to observation, along with revealing a synopsis of some of their collective discussions and reflections on teaching and learning. Counter to performative modes of understanding and evaluating teaching that have traditionally dominated the use of observation in education, the participants’ experiences captured in this paper illustrate how our innovative approach to collaborative observation can provide a productive platform from which to co-develop collective classroom consciousness that can simultaneously inform and transform the learning and professional practice of both students and their teachers.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/25783858.2020.1831737
1 October 2020Accepted
14 October 2020Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: Higher education, teaching and learning, professional learning, student-staff collaboration, innovative pedagogy
Subjects: CAH22 - education and teaching > CAH22-01 - education and teaching > CAH22-01-01 - education
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Study of Practice and Culture in Education (C-SPACE)
Depositing User: Vanessa Cui
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2020 12:42
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2022 03:00
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10013

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