Communication in WIL partnerships: the critical link

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Author: Jeffries, Ann; Milne, Lisa

Abstract:

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 hosts were not satisfied with the communication practices of some of the tertiary institutions they worked with and cited examples of unsatisfactory practices. This study explores patterns in the data in relation to satisfactory and unsatisfactory communication practices on the part of tertiary institutions, showing ways in which communication practices can impact on WIL opportunities and student learning for better or worse.

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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 ...  [+] Show more

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

Keywords: Integrated training; Tertiary education; 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 title: Journal of education and work

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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