Temple University’s Teaching in Higher Education Certificate:
The following is a set of publications produced by Alison Cook-Sather, Coordinator of the Teaching and Learning Initiative and The Andrew W. Mellon Teaching and Learning Institute, and her colleagues both on and beyond the Bryn Mawr campus.
Cook-Sather, A. (forthcoming). Catalyzing multiple forms of engagement through student-faculty partnerships exploring teaching and learning. In E. Dunne & D. Owen (Eds.), The Student Engagement Handbook: Practice in Higher Education. Emerald Publishing Group.
Abstract: The purpose of this chapter is to analyze the multiple forms of engagement faculty and students experience and facilitate through the Students as Learners and Teachers (SaLT) program at Bryn Mawr College. The SaLT program provides structures and processes through which faculty members work with undergraduate students positioned as pedagogical consultants and partners in exploring classroom teaching and learning. This discussion draws on data from an ongoing action research study; data sources include audiotaped conversations of weekly meetings of student consultants and selected meetings with faculty participants, mid- and end-of-semester feedback from those students and faculty members, and follow-up interviews. Findings indicate that through their participation in this program both faculty and students engage in multiple forms of engagement that are at once reciprocal — affecting in similar but not identical ways the participants involved (either faculty and students or students and students) — and inclusive of those beyond the partners in reciprocity. Such engagement facilitates more nuanced understandings of the complexities of teaching and learning, inspires empathy and appreciation, and deepens sense of responsibility for the educational process. These findings should be of interest to all who pursue and support engaged teaching and learning and wish to position students as change agents in higher education. More research into the experiences of faculty and student in pedagogical partnership across higher education contexts could further illuminate the potential of this approach.
Cook-Sather, A., Bovill, C., & Felten, P. (forthcoming). Engaging students as partners in teaching & learning: A guide for faculty. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Abstract: This book provides a rationale for student-faculty partnerships in higher education, a discussion of the benefits and perils of such partnerships, and multiple examples of actual partnerships. Drawing on both scholarly research and a wide range of examples from practice, we discuss how student-faculty partnerships enhance engagement, motivation, and learning; support students and faculty in developing meta-cognitive awareness and a stronger sense of identity; and improve teaching and the classroom experience. We also discuss the ways in which student-faculty partnerships benefit programs and institutions, creating a more collaborative culture in higher education contexts overall. We provide a set of guiding principles and practical strategies that are foundational to student-faculty partnerships across contexts, and we offer various examples of actual partnerships individual faculty have developed with students, whether or not they have support from colleagues or their institution, in: (1) designing a course or elements of a course; (2) responding to students’ experiences during a course; and, (3) providing feedback on, or even grading, student work. We also present programmatic student-faculty partnerships that support (1) designing or redesigning a course before or after it is taught; (2) analyzing classroom practice within the context of a course while it is being taught; and (3) developing research partnerships that catalyze institutional change. Finally, we present diverse approaches to assessing the outcomes of student-faculty partnerships.
Cook-Sather, A. (forthcoming). Student-faculty partnership in explorations of pedagogical practice: A threshold concept in academic development. International Journal for Academic Development.
Abstract: Student-faculty partnerships position students as informants, active participants, and change agents in collaboration with faculty members. A program through which pairs of faculty members and undergraduate students explore, affirm, and revise pedagogical approaches provides both context and case study for student-faculty partnership as a threshold concept in academic development. Like all threshold concepts, the notion of student-faculty partnership is troublesome, transformative, irreversible, and integrative. This article draws on faculty reflections to explore what constitutes this threshold, what insights and practices are possible if faculty cross it, and what implications there might be for academic developers.
Cook-Sather, A., & Agu, P. (in press). Students of color and faculty members working together toward culturally sustaining pedagogy. To Improve the Academy, 32.
Abstract: Through positioning undergraduate students as pedagogical consultants to college faculty, a program called Students as Learners and Teachers provides re-conceptualized “counter-spaces” for those students and for faculty members with whom they work. In our study of the experiences of consultants of color we found that those students and their faculty partners used program counter-spaces to explore links between their lived identities and pedagogical commitments and to share authority and responsibility in developing culturally sustaining pedagogy. In this chapter we report on participants’ experiences in these collaborations and how they legitimate the knowledge of students of color in faculty learning.
“Amplifying Student Voices in Higher Education: Democratizing Teaching and Learning through Changing the Acoustic on a College Campus” (“La amplificación de las voces del alumnado en la Educación Superior: democratización de la enseñanza y el aprendizaje en un centro universitario a través del cambio de su acústica”). Revista de Educación. Ministerio de Educación. Madrid, Spain, 2012. https://sede.educacion.gob.es/publiventa/detalle.action?cod=15327
This article describes three programs that work to democratize teaching and learning in higher education through amplifying student voices. The first program partners undergraduate students with college faculty to explore, affirm, and revise the pedagogical approaches the faculty members employ in their classrooms. The second program pairs undergraduate students and college staff members from the service/craft sector in reciprocal teaching and learning partnerships through which they explore topics and areas of mutual interest. The third program brings undergraduate students, faculty, and staff together to explore social justice issues and to build capacity for communicating across differences. Based at a selective liberal arts college in the northeastern United States, all three programs create new spaces within which undergraduate students lead, teach, and learn from other members of the higher education community. In these structured and supported spaces outside of the formal classroom arena and typical relationships among members of the academic community, students learn to speak with and learn from one another as well as from differently positioned members of the community. As students test and tune their own voices — a process that moves them from silence or uncertainty into a place of greater confidence, capacity, and resonance — they develop a commitment to ensuring that others, both those with less power and those with more, listen and are listened to in new ways. Thus, through these programs, the voices of faculty and staff are brought into dialogue with, and modulated in relation to, student voices. This article describes the programs and analyzes how they support students in developing the confidence, courage, and capacity to amplify their own voices and to ensure that other voices are heard and honored.
Cook-Sather, A. (2012). Lessons in higher education: Five pedagogical practices that promote active learning for faculty and students. Journal of Faculty Development, 26, 1, 33-39.
Abstract: Active learning by faculty members complements and promotes active learning for students. Through The Andrew W. Mellon Teaching and Learning Institute at Bryn Mawr College, faculty members actively engage with one another and with undergraduate students positioned as pedagogical consultants to explore and to practice a wide range of pedagogies. In this discussion, I draw on research literature and faculty reflections to describe five practices that, taken together, hold particular promise for involving both faculty and students more actively in their learning.
Bovill, C., Cook-Sather, A., & Felten, P. (2011). Students as co-creators of teaching approaches, course design and curricula: Implications for academic developers. International Journal for Academic Development, 16, 2, 133–145. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1360144X.2011.568690
Abstract: Within higher education, students’ voices are frequently overlooked in the design of teaching approaches, courses and curricula. In this paper we outline the theoretical background to arguments for including students as partners in pedagogical planning processes. We present examples where students have worked collaboratively in design processes along with the beneficial outcomes of these examples. Finally, we focus on some of the implications and opportunities for academic developers of proposing collaborative approaches to pedagogical planning.
Cook-Sather, A. (2011). Layered learning: Student consultants deepening classroom and life lessons. Educational Action Research, 19, 1, March 2011, 41–57.
Abstract: The action research project reported on here took as its central problem of practice the absence of students from forums for faculty development in higher education. Findings suggest that, when undergraduate students are positioned as pedagogical consultants to college faculty members, multiple layers of learning unfold. After a brief overview of The Andrew W. Mellon Teaching and Learning Institute that serves as the context for this study, I present student reflections on the ways that student consultants gain a more informed critical perspective within and beyond classrooms and build greater confidence, capacity, and agency as learners and as people. The final portion of the discussion focuses on how the lessons student consultants learn inform my own learning and practice.
Cook-Sather, A. (2011). Students as learners and teachers: College faculty and undergraduates co-create a professional development model. To Improve the Academy, 29, 219–232. http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470623179.html
Abstract: Most models of professional development assume that faculty learning is the purview of faculty colleagues or teaching and learning center staff. A program at Bryn Mawr College challenges that assumption by inviting undergraduate students to serve as pedagogical consultants to faculty members. Feedback from participants suggests that this approach affords faculty and students an unusual opportunity to co-construct a more informed model of faculty development, deepens the learning experiences of both faculty and students, and recasts the responsibility for those learning experiences as one that is shared by faculty and students.
Cook-Sather, A., & Z. Alter. (2011). What Is and What Can Be: How a Liminal Position Can Change Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. Anthropology & Education Quarterly, 42, 1, 37–53.
Abstract: In this article we analyze what happens when undergraduate students are positioned as pedagogical consultants in a faculty development program. Drawing on their spoken and written perspectives, and using the classical anthropological concept of “liminality,” we illustrate how these student consultants revise their relationships with their teachers and their responsibilities within their learning. These revisions have the potential to transform deep-seated societal understandings of education based on traditional hierarchies and teacher–student distinctions.
Cook-Sather, A. (2010). Students as learners and teachers: Taking responsibility, transforming education, and redefining accountability. Curriculum Inquiry, 40, 4, 555–575.
Abstract: As has been the case throughout the history of education in the United States, the current structures and practices of U.S. schools and colleges are informed by particular ideals regarding the potential of education. Through this comparative descriptive analysis, I argue that a major reason why these ideals have rarely been realized is the way that students are positioned in educational institutions, dialogues, and reform. A preliminary argument for rethinking how we conceptualize student role and responsibility frames my description and comparison of two programs, one that involves secondary students in the preparation of high school teachers and one that involves college students in the professional development of college faculty. I then draw on the perspectives of student participants across these two programs to address a series of educational ideals that span K-12 and college contexts: inspiring lasting learning, celebrating humanity and diversity, and engaging in meaningful assessment. I designed the programs that are the focus of my analysis with the goal of improving teacher preparation and teaching, but as I discuss in this essay, they are proving to be promising models for pursuing what may be a more encompassing possibility: fostering in students a sense of and capacity for responsibility in ways that not only address existing educational ideals but that also point to both more transformative and more achievable notions of education and accountability than those currently in place.
Cook-Sather, A. (2009). From traditional accountability to shared responsibility: The benefits and challenges of student consultants gathering midcourse feedback in college classrooms. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 34, 2 (April), 231–241.
Abstract: The explicit purpose of gathering feedback in college classes is to improve those courses, usually along the lines of structure, organization, pace, or some other aspect of the course over which the professor typically has control. A potential outcome that is less immediately obvious is the shift that can take place regarding who is responsible and in what ways for the analysis and revision of pedagogical practices at the college level. In this article I take as a foundation for my discussion the premises of new wave student voice work, and I describe a project through which students were positioned as consultants who gathered midcourse feedback for faculty members. I analyze how those student consultants supported faculty members in revising not only their courses but also their relationships with students—both student consultants and students enrolled in the courses.
Cook-Sather, A. (2008). “What you get is looking in a mirror, only better”: Inviting students to reflect (on) college teaching. Reflective Practice 9, 4 (November), 473–483.
Abstract: A growing body of literature argues for the benefits of consulting students about classroom practices and a few programs place undergraduate students as observers in college classrooms. There is little research, however, on what happens when a student who is not enrolled in a particular college course is positioned as a pedagogical consultant within that course with the goal of promoting more reflective and effective practice. The project described here aims to fill this gap and to forge potentially generative connections between the literatures on reflective practice and student voice. Drawing on the experiences of faculty members and students who have participated in the project, the author focuses on the ways in which the project introduces to existing models of reflective practice a new participant and a new process, both of which not only enrich the professors’ capacity to reflect on their own practice but also prompt students to reflect on theirs.
Cook-Sather, A. (2009). Learning from the student’s perspective: A sourcebook for effective teaching. Paradigm Publishers.
Cook-Sather, A. (2009). “I am not afraid to listen”: Prospective teachers learning from students to work in city schools. Theory into Practice, 48, 3,176-181. [Themed Issue: Urban Youth]. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00405840902997261?journalCode=htip20#preview
Cook-Sather, A. (2007). What would happen if we treated students as those with opinions that matter? The benefits to principals and teachers of supporting youth engagement in school. NASSP Bulletin, 91, 4, 343-362 [Themed Issue: Fostering Youth Engagement and Student Voice in America’s High Schools].
Cook-Sather, A. (2007). Resisting the impositional potential of student voice work: Lessons for liberatory educational research from poststructuralist feminist critiques of critical pedagogy. Discourse 28, 3 (September ) 389-403.
Thiessen, D.,& Cook-Sather, A. (Eds.) (2007). International Handbook of Student Experience in Elementary and Secondary School. Springer Publishers.
Cook-Sather, A. (2006). Education Is Translation: A Metaphor for Change in Learning and Teaching. University of Pennsylvania Press. http://books.google.com/books?id=QMFgRwAACAAJ
Cook-Sather, A. (2006). “Change based on what students say”: Preparing teachers for a more paradoxical model of leadership. International Journal of Leadership in Education, 9, 4 (October-December), 345–358.
Shultz, J.,& Cook-Sather, A. (2001) In Our Own Words: Students’ Perspectives on School. Lanham, MD: Rowman& Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Cook-Sather, A. (2002). Re(in)forming the conversations: Student position, power, and voice in teacher education. Radical Teacher, 64, 21-28.
Cook-Sather, A. (2002). Authorizing students’ perspectives: Toward trust, dialogue, and change in education. Educational Researcher, 31, 4 (May), 3-14.
Cook-Sather, A., P. Felten, & G. McKay. (2011). “Productive Disruptions”: What Happens When Faculty Partner with Students in Pedagogical Planning.” Create Collaborate Engage. Conference of the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education. Atlanta, Georgia. October 28.
Cook-Sather, A. (2011). “Expanding Conceptions of Student and Faculty Roles in Three Institutions of Higher Education in the United States.” Part of the Session: Lessons in ‘Productive Disruption’: What Student-Faculty Partnerships in Pedagogical Planning Can Teach Us. Conference of the International Society for the Study of Teaching and Learning. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. October 21.
Cook-Sather, A. (2011). “Learning from the Learners: Lessons from The Andrew W. Mellon Teaching and Learning Institute at Bryn Mawr College.” Keynote address at the 3rd Annual Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference, Maryville University, 1 October.
Cook-Sather, A. (2011). “Linking across the Lines: Student Voice Projects in Secondary Teacher Education and College Faculty Development.” Keynote address as Student Voice: Past Efforts, Current Trends, and Future Possibilities. University of Cambridge Faculty of Education, 1 July.
Cook-Sather, A. (2010). “Exploring Teaching with Students: Lessons from the Teaching and Learning Institute at Bryn Mawr College.” Invited address. Swarthmore College, November 3.
Cook-Sather, A., Bovill, C., & Felten, P. (2010). “Changing Participants in Pedagogical Planning: Students as Co-Creators of Course Design, Curricula, and Teaching Approaches.” Conference of the International Consortium of Educational Development. Barcelona, Spain. 28 June.
Cook-Sather, A. (2010). “From Pedagogical Solitude to Shared Responsibility: Faculty and Students Inquire Together into Effective Teaching.” Paper presented at the International Conference in University Learning and Teaching. ISSUES FOR THE FUTURE. University of Hertfordshire, England. 30 June.
Cook-Sather, A., Alter, Z., & Domers, T. (2010). “‘My Opinion Matters and Is Respected’: Structuring Spaces for Student Voice.” Part of a Symposium: “Features of Learning Environments That Promote Student Voice.” Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence. Philadelphia, PA, March 12.
Cook-Sather, A., & Cohen, J. (2009). “Creating More Culturally Responsive Classrooms: Underrepresented Students as Pedagogical Consultants in Student-Directed Professional Development.” The Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. April 14.
Cook-Sather, A. (2009). “‘I Am Not Afraid to Listen: Prospective Teachers Learning from Students.” Part of an interactive symposium called “Including Urban Students’ Perspectives in the ‘Circle of Knowledge’: The Voices of City Youth in What and How We Know in Education Research.” The Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. April 15.
Cook-Sather, A., J. Cohen & T. Shumate. (2009). “‘Culturally Responsive Teaching Has Been Redefined for Me’: What Happens When Underrepresented Students Work as Pedagogical Consultants to College Faculty.” Ethnography in Education Conference, University of Pennsylvania, February 27.
Cook-Sather, A. (2008). “Preparing Teachers to Facilitate Change in Schools: Voices from Classrooms Engage with Voices from Universities.” The Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. March 26.
Cook-Sather, A., & A. Lesnick. (2008). “Building Civic Capacity: Faculty/Staff and Student/Staff Learning Partnerships in a Liberal Arts College.” The Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. March 24.
Cook-Sather, A., & McCormack, E. (2007).“Expanding the Conversation about Classroom Practices: Student Consultants Help Faculty Improve Learning and Teaching.” Presented at the MSPGP Research Conference in Math and Science Education. October 27.
Cook-Sather, A. (2006). “Translating Selves: Rethinking the Roles of Learners, Teachers, and Clinicians in Student/Client-Centered Practice.” Invited Scott Lecture, Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, Bryn Mawr College. October 4.
Cook-Sather, A. (2006). “Amplifying Student Voices in Educational Research: Lessons from the International Handbook of Student Experience in Elementary and Secondary School.” The Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. April.
Cook-Sather, A. (2005). “When Learners are Teachers: Redefining the Role of High School Students in Undergraduate, Secondary Teacher Preparation” for a symposium entitled “Adolescent Voices in Teacher Education.” Presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Montreal, Canada. April.
Cook-Sather, A. (2005). “Putting Student Voices at the Center of Teacher Preparation,” for a symposium entitled “Speaking Up and Speaking Out: International Perspectives on the Democratic Possibilities of Student Voice.” Presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Montreal, Canada. April.
Cook-Sather, A. (2005). “Changing Classrooms: Student Voice and Pre-Service Teachers—A View from the USA.” Keynote address prepared for “Critically Interrogating Pupil Voice,” a seminar series funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), co-sponsored by the Universities of Nottingham and Sussex, Manchester Metropolitan University and Networked Learning Group, National College for School Leadership, Nottingham, United Kingdom. March.