Realising the educational worth of integrating work experiences in higher education

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Title Realising the educational worth of integrating work experiences in higher education
Author Billett, Stephen Richard
Journal Name Studies in Higher Education
Year Published 2009
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Across advanced industrial economies, programs in higher education are increasingly becoming occupationally specific and universities as are being seen as providers of 'higher vocational education'. With this have come expectations that graduates from these programs will enjoy smooth transitions into professional practice. Aligned with these expectations is an educational emphasis on providing students with access to and engagement in authentic instances of practice and an expectation that these will be effectively integrated within higher education programs. Consequently, it is important to understand how these kinds of educational purposes and processes can be realised and how higher education students' experiences in both university and practice settings should be best organised and integrated to realise these purposes. This paper discusses the worth of these educational purposes and bases for realising the effective integration of these work experience. This discussion includes considerations of the kinds of curriculum and pedagogic practices needed to be enacted to secure this educational worth.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 Routledge. This is an electronic version of an article published in Studies in Higher Education, Volume 34, Issue 7 November 2009 , pages 827 - 843. Studies in Higher Education is available online at: with the open URL of your article.
Volume 34
Issue Number 7
Page from 827
Page to 843
ISSN 0307-5079
Date Accessioned 2009-11-07
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Specialist Studies in Education
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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