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Narrative encounters of pedagogic partnership, and the development of collegial capital in higher education

Hyleen Mariaye (Mauritius Institute of Education, Reduit, Mauritius)
Mark Price (St Mary's University Twickenham, Twickenham, UK) (University of Brighton, Brighton, UK)
Shalini Jagambal Ramasawmy (Mauritius Institute of Education, Reduit, Mauritius)
Jane Melvin (University of Brighton, Brighton, UK)
Tejwant Mohabeer (Mauritius Institute of Education, Reduit, Mauritius)

Journal of Professional Capital and Community

ISSN: 2056-9548

Article publication date: 16 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

The study explores the relational encounters of five higher education tutors and programme leaders, working in collaboration across contrasting institutions: one, a modern, civic university in the Global North, and the other, a parastatal institution in the Global South. The purpose of the study is to deepen the understanding of evolving collegiality within a transnational partnership, stimulated by the COVID-19 pandemic related shift to online teaching and learning.

Design/methodology/approach

The inquiry is informed conceptually by the concept of narrative encounter as a site of learning, with inductive, meta-analysis undertaken across our individual reflective narratives.

Findings

The narratives reveal three emergent themes: shared purpose, shared responsibility – through focus, routinised dialogue and concreteness; collective and individual risk-taking – through negotiated decision-making; and trust in self and in peers – through reciprocity, caring, duality and building on stable practices.

Research limitations/implications

The data from which this paper is developed and its related central thesis of collegial capital are limited and partial. However, when agility within higher education partnerships is at a premium, this paper is a useful touchstone for further reflection.

Originality/value

The paper seeks to further the concept of collegiality and collegial capital, a dialogical affordance which enabled the partnership to build on previous collaborative successes.

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Citation

Mariaye, H., Price, M., Ramasawmy, S.J., Melvin, J. and Mohabeer, T. (2022), "Narrative encounters of pedagogic partnership, and the development of collegial capital in higher education", Journal of Professional Capital and Community, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JPCC-02-2022-0011

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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