Professional artefacts: embodying ideas in work-based learning

Nottingham, Paula and Akinleye, Adesola ORCID: (2014) Professional artefacts: embodying ideas in work-based learning. Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning, 4 (1) . pp. 98-108. ISSN 2042-3896 (doi:10.1108/HESWBL-09-2012-0036)

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to present and examine the addition of a “professional artefact” to the course requirements for the BA Honours Professional Practice (BAPP) (Arts) programme at Middlesex University.

Design/methodology/approach – This paper takes a case study approach using reflection, indicative theories and consideration of student work to evaluate the introduction of the “professional artefact” into the BAPP (Arts) curriculum. Following pragmatist and phenomenological descriptions of the lived experience as embodied (Dewey et al., 1989; Merleau-Ponty, 2002) and using learning models based on experience in the workplace (Boud and Garrick, 1999), the paper's methodology takes the work-based principle of “experience as knowledge” to examine the impact of the professional artefact on students learning.

Findings – The professional artefact has proven to be a useful way for the learners on the course to reflect on the purpose of their own study and the ways in which work-based learning can be incorporated into their practice through embodied “ideas”.

Practical implications – The paper suggests that the inclusion of a professional artefact to the curriculum provides a flexible means for bridging academic and workplace learning. The inclusion of the professional artefact could be recommended as a strategy for other work-based learning programmes.

Originality/value – The added value for professional practice is that the professional artefact provides a flexible and creative means of communication for emerging and establishing workplace professionals.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Artefact, Curriculum development, Embodiment, Higher education, Ideas, Professional artefact, Professional practice, Work-based learning, Work-based pedagogy
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Performing Arts
A. > Work and Learning Research Centre
A. > School of Health and Education > Education
Item ID: 13251
Notes on copyright: This article is (c) Emerald Group Publishing and permission has been granted for this version to appear here ( Emerald does not grant permission for this article to be further copied/distributed or hosted elsewhere without the express permission from Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
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Depositing User: Paula Nottingham
Date Deposited: 02 May 2014 14:42
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2019 19:58

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