How valuable is ‘short project’ placement experience to higher education students?

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/618930
Title:
How valuable is ‘short project’ placement experience to higher education students?
Authors:
Thompson, David W.
Abstract:
Much of the research into Higher Education and its role in work-based learning, and especially in supporting undergraduate students on placements, has focussed on longer term internships and sandwich courses. Research has also concentrated on subject areas that have traditionally been associated with the above; for example Business, Health, and Engineering. By contrast, the aim of this study was to gather data from students on a much shorter period of placement categorised as a ‘short project’ (Brennan and Little, 1996). In addition the data recovered was from students studying within the social sciences paradigm, undertaking an undergraduate degree in Education Studies (not teacher training). The social sciences and humanities more generally have not been discussed to any great extent within the context of research on placement or work-based learning; the subject area of Education Studies is not covered little by previous research. The results suggest that even a relatively short period of structured placement can be of significant benefit to students and provide them with an opportunity to assess their career direction and gain valuable experience. The paper also considers to what extent this type of placement can be applied to other subject areas within Higher Education.
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Journal:
Journal of Further and Higher Education
Issue Date:
19-Jan-2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/618930
Additional Links:
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0309877X.2015.1117601
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0309-877X
Appears in Collections:
FEHW

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dc.contributor.authorThompson, David W.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-08-26T14:26:28Z-
dc.date.available2016-08-26T14:26:28Z-
dc.date.issued2016-01-19-
dc.identifier.issn0309-877X-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/618930-
dc.description.abstractMuch of the research into Higher Education and its role in work-based learning, and especially in supporting undergraduate students on placements, has focussed on longer term internships and sandwich courses. Research has also concentrated on subject areas that have traditionally been associated with the above; for example Business, Health, and Engineering. By contrast, the aim of this study was to gather data from students on a much shorter period of placement categorised as a ‘short project’ (Brennan and Little, 1996). In addition the data recovered was from students studying within the social sciences paradigm, undertaking an undergraduate degree in Education Studies (not teacher training). The social sciences and humanities more generally have not been discussed to any great extent within the context of research on placement or work-based learning; the subject area of Education Studies is not covered little by previous research. The results suggest that even a relatively short period of structured placement can be of significant benefit to students and provide them with an opportunity to assess their career direction and gain valuable experience. The paper also considers to what extent this type of placement can be applied to other subject areas within Higher Education.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0309877X.2015.1117601en
dc.subjectPlacementen
dc.subjectwork-based learningen
dc.subjectHigher Educationen
dc.titleHow valuable is ‘short project’ placement experience to higher education students?en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Further and Higher Educationen
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