Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MScN)

First Supervisor/Advisor

Dr. Yasmin Noorali Amarsi

Second Supervisor/Advisor

Dr. Khairulnissa Ajani


School of Nursing and Midwifery, Pakistan


Background: Students as Partners (SaP) has emerged as a student-centred approach where students are taken as active partners in determining learning outcomes and pedagogies rather than being merely passive learners and consumers in Higher Education (HE). It shifts the focus from the teacher-centred to the student learning environment and from a product to process-orientated outcomes. There is still a need to explore the perception of students as partners in HE among undergraduate and graduate nursing students and faculty members.
Purpose: The purpose of the study is to explore the perception of students and faculty members regarding students as partners in learning at the Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery, Pakistan.
Method: A qualitative descriptive exploratory study design was used to explore the perception of Students as Partners in learning among students and faculty members of AKU-SONAM. The purposive sampling method was used to select the participants for the study. The study population comprised undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members and key informants of AKU-SONAM, Karachi, Pakistan. Data analysis was done based on Creswell and Creswell (2017) six-step criteria for thematic analysis. Adherence to the ethical principles of autonomy, anonymity, and confidentiality throughout the research process was maintained.
Results: The analysis of qualitative data led to the development of four major themes: a) Potential areas for SaP activities, b) Benefits of Implementing SaP c), Challenges of implementing SaP, and d) Recommendations for implementing SaP. Each theme was explained through categories and sub-categories in the results.
Conclusion: The study highlights the varied perceptions of students, faculty members and academic key informants regarding Students as Partners in learning processes. Besides, the study also identified the acceptance of SaP, the potential areas for implementation, the benefits, the potential challenges for implementing SaP in teaching and learning and the subsequent recommendations. Fostering a collaborative and learner centred environment in the academic processes, with high student engagement, trust, reciprocity and respect are essential for SaP implementation. Conclusively, implementing SaP in teaching and learning offers students and faculty members opportunities to develop curriculum, and participate in policy development and research projects.

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Nursing Commons