Reference List Entry:

Mathrani, Sasha, and Alison Cook-Sather. 2020. "Discerning Growth." In The Power of Partnership: Students, Staff, and Faculty Revolutionizing Higher Education, edited by Lucy Mercer-Mapstone and Sophia Abbot, 159-170. Elon, NC: Center for Engaged Learning.

About this Book Chapter:

This chapter, co-authored by an undergraduate student and a faculty member, uses the concept of rhizomatic development—the spreading of an interconnected, subterranean array of influences—to describe our growth through engaging in and facilitating pedagogical partnerships. We present both co-authored explanations and alternating, individual narratives to map the multiple, always spreading rhizomes that link across contexts and times, creating a largely invisible but deeply connected network of meanings and practices. Eschewing linear-sequential causes, we write in associative, roaming ways about the increased confidence, greater clarity, and stronger convictions that develop in different directions and at different rates through partnership.