Pedagogy is defined as “the method and practice of teaching, especially as an academic subject or theoretical concept” and, though the concept of students as researchers is not new, the adjustment of student as a collaborator and associate rather than the receptacle for knowledge is coming into its own. Though student as an independent thinker and researcher is probably a more prominent tactic overseas, the shift towards research and inquiry has to be undertaken by all aspects of the higher academic community and, certainly, no one in this scenario would exclude the librarian.
Ultimately, whether this student-as-researcher curriculum results in internships, foreign exchange, original experimentation and data collection or in-depth subject area study, some type of documentation will have to be presented and that involves the fine art of scholarly writing and research into the hows of that. Hence, the importance of the presence of the librarian on that leg of the journey.
For an instructive look at how this approach to teaching can bring about a whole new kind of “colleague” in the form of student researchers, read this paper from an approach in the UK.