Active Student Participation
'Active student participation' (ASP) can be interpreted differently depending on the context and it is therefore difficult capture the full meaning in one simple definition. It can be linked to concepts such as democracy, participation and engagement; activating teaching methods and inclusion; partnerships between teachers and students, co-creation and collaboration, as well as to improving the quality of teaching. As such, there are a variety of ways to work with active student participation.
What is Active Student Participation?
- Active student participation refers to both students as a resource in each other's learning (peer-to-peer learning) and students who are co-creators in the planning, implementation and evaluation of education (Vice Chancellor's decision for the project for the "Continuous Development of Active Student Participation at Uppsala University" (2014-2015)
- "It involves people from similiar social groupings who are not professional teachers helping each other to learn and learning themselves by so doing" (Topping 2005:631)
- It could also mean that students in a mutually respectful partnership with the teacher, for example, (further)develop a course or create assignments or other course material, often for a course that they themselves have already gone ("students as partners").
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Although active student participation can take various forms, one commonality these forms share is that students take a more active role in their education, often through partnerships with teachers. This can occur through a student or teacher's initiative. Students and teachers have different roles, but can work together to make education better and more exciting.
Other ways of talking about active student participation
Even thought we call it "active student participation" at Uppsala University, internationally there is a broad spectrum of initiatives with different names. Check out a few of these examples below:
- Students as partners
- Students as change agents
- Students as Learners and Teachers
- Students as co-creators
Challenges and Opportunities
What does research say about active student participation?