Authentic Learning Within the Brave Space Created Through Student-Faculty Partnerships

  • Nicole Zuban University of Calgary
  • Tracey L Clancy University of Calgary
  • Carla Ferreira University of Calgary
Keywords: authentic learning, students as partners, brave space, teaching, education process, phenomenological pedagogy


Engaging students as pedagogical partners creates a brave space for students to become critical thinkers and beings that shapes not just what they know, but also who they are (Arao & Clemens, 2013; Bovill, Cook-Sather, & Felten, 2011). The language of brave space conveys a tone for engagement while also proposing a manner of engagement (Cook-Sather, 2016). The transformative experience of engaging in student-faculty partnership in and of itself constitutes a brave space where learners transition from dependence on authority to self-authorship (Baxter-Magolda, 2009, 2014). Within this paper we share Nicole’s lived experience engaging in authentic learning within the brave space created through pedagogical partnership. Nicole’s expression of her teaching philosophy privileges the importance of the shared accountability that students and educators have for teaching and learning and represents how she embraced the notion of self-authorship to create an understanding of how her teaching philosophy informs her growing practice as a registered nurse.

Author Biographies

Nicole Zuban, University of Calgary
Faculty of Nursing
Tracey L Clancy, University of Calgary
Faculty of Nursing
Carla Ferreira, University of Calgary
Faculty of Nursing


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Conference Theme: Students as Collaborators