Work-based learning at higher education level: value, practice and critique

Lester, Brian Stanley and Costley, Carol (2010) Work-based learning at higher education level: value, practice and critique. Studies in Higher Education, 35 (5). pp. 561-575. ISSN 0307-5079


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Since the 1980s there has been significant growth in the engagement of higher education with workforce development, with among other things the emergence of a distinct if varied area of provision commonly referred to as work-based learning. Recent examination of practice and literature indicates a growing sophistication in the way that work-based learning is being theorised and facilitated in higher education, with its gradual emergence as a distinct field of practice and study supported by relevant pedagogies and concepts of curriculum. Tensions continue to exist between the demands and opportunities provided by the workplace and the need to develop capable practice, support personal development and maintain academic validity; however, universities are beginning to engage with these issues at a deeper level than that suggested by simple notions of employer engagement and skills development, and the evidence indicates that well-designed work-based programmes are both effective and robust.

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Research Areas:A. > Institute for Work Based Learning
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