Emerging scholar

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Overview edit

In a collaborative learning environment, the roles of "student" and "teacher" are blurry. At various times, and often simultaneously, teachers are students and students are teachers. If such roles are artificially separated, problems can ensue, not the least of which is the insidious seduction of power and control by "teachers" over "students".

For active, experiential learning to occur, emerging scholars should be permitted and encouraged to engage in constructive nonconformism; in so doing, they are likely to transcend the constrained, "industrial" passive student role.

This pages explores these concepts by suggesting more emancipatory nomenclature for roles played by those participating in collaboratively organised learning environments.

Alternative terms for student edit

This page has arisen out of dissatisfaction with common use of the term "student" in institutionalised teaching and learning, and a search for more empowering language. Some alternative terms that have been suggested are "emerging scholar", "learner", "participant", and "future leader".

What other terms can you suggest? When you are a learner, how would like to be described and thought of by others?

Emerging scholar edit

"Emerging scholar" (or "emerging academic") offers an alternative the student-teacher dichotomy. Emerging scholar is an emancipatory term which emphasises scholarly study as an ongoing act of collaboration and collegiality. An emerging scholar engages in scholarship through knowledge-sharing communities such as learning institutions to help learn about and pursue the tasks of academia.

The notion of an emerging scholar offers a more empowering, equitable, and developmental conception of a learner's role and potential.

The "emerging academic" term was inspired by an Otago Polytechnic researcher, Russell Butson (communicated ~2010 by Leigh Blackall to James Neill).

The "emerging scholar" term was used in this tweet by Kelly Matthews, University of Queensland (https://twitter.com/UQkelly/status/786725549553045504).

Learner edit

"Learner" is an active term, emphasising the act and process of developing skills and knowledge. A student can sit through school and "learn nothing" - but can a learner? Conceptualising a person's role as learner suggest belief in the person's capacity for development.

Participant edit

Another useful, non-provocative, term is "participants". Everyone who participates in a learning activity can play different roles at different times in terms of leading, guiding, responding etcetera.

Future leader edit

Often developing sufficient knowledge and skills to then be able to lead others is an educational goal. In such contexts, "future leaders" can be used to "forward-think" the role and purpose of the educational program. For example, UniJobs' University of Canberra Lecturer of the Year (2011-2012), Michael DePercy explains that[1]:

Alternative terms for teacher edit

The notion of a "student" also implies that there is a "teacher". Used in institutionalised education, these terms tend to be used to set and reinforce distinct hierarchical roles. But in collaborative learning and discovery, the teacher role can usually be better described using alternative terms such as "facilitator". "instructor", "leader", or "academic".

What other terms can you suggest?

Facilitator edit

Instructor edit

Leader edit

Academic edit

See also edit

References edit

Cook-Sather, A. (2016). Creating brave spaces within and through student-faculty pedagogical partnerships, 18.

Reeve, J. (2018). Understanding motivation and emotion (7th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. The School Locker. Google Books. Instructor companion site. UC Library. ISBN: Paperback 978-1-119-36760-4, E-text 978-1-119-36765-9. Rent e-text.

Waller, R. (2006). “I don’t feel like ‘a student’, I feel like ‘me!’: The oversimplification of mature learners’ experience(s). Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 11, 115- 130.