Communication in WIL partnerships: the critical link

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Author: Jeffries, Ann; Milne, Lisa


The widespread use of work-integrated learning (WIL) in the higher education sector in recent years highlights the importance of forging successful relationships with employers, business, industry and government. This article reports on a large ethnographic study conducted by Victoria University into host organisations' perceptions of WIL. Perhaps, unsurprisingly, this study confirms the findings in the literature that good communication is important for successful WIL outcomes. However, rather more surprisingly, it found that despite the literature, a small but significant number of...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Teaching and learning; Higher education; Providers of education and training; Students; Industry; Evaluation; Research; Workforce development

Keywords: Integrated training; University; Student placement; Partnership in education and training; Education industry relationship; Program evaluation; Qualitative research; Work based learning

Geographic subjects: Victoria; Australia; Oceania

Published: Abingdon, England: Taylor and Francis, 2014

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Also called: Communication in work-integrated learning partnerships

Journal volume: 27

Journal number: 5

Journal date: October 2014

Pages: pp. 564-583

ISSN: 1363-9080, 1469-9435 (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 117.1120

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