Editors Choice Award: Academic Exchange Quarter

Building Community Through Co-Authorship / p. 35

Tara B. Perry, Western Washington University
Anna Eblen, Western Washington University
Brian Launius, Western Washington University
Hayley Peterson, Western Washington University


At the university level, research collaboration between faculty and students has been promoted as a way to improve professional development. This qualitative study examined the relationship outcomes of successful college teachers’ and students’ collaborative co-authorship. The researchers gathered perceptions of co-authorship through focus groups and face-to-face interviews. Participants described four significant outcomes of co-authorship including: professional outcomes, fluid collaboration, communication building trust and community, and voice development. Results indicate that collaborative co-authorship is important for professional development, relational and personal growth of both teachers and students.

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