Engaging students as partners in learning and teaching


  • Jiaxin Wu
  • Haiyan Zhou




Research (Cook-Sather et al., 2014; Healey et al., 2016) indicates the importance of student- faculty partnership. Students as Partners (SaP) initiatives, mainly in the form of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), have been seen in but are not limited to universities in the UK, US, Canada and Australia. Despite that, it is still an emerging yet contested topic in higher education to actively and intellectually engage students as partners in learning and teaching, considering the inclusivity of involvement, faculty buy-in and so on (Matthews et al., 2018; Matthews, 2019). Thus, this case study of a pilot SaP initiative at Duke Kunshan University, a young joint venture university in China, aims to enrich the literature and inform further discussion about its values, challenges and practices.