Postgraduate work-based learning programmes in English higher education: exploring case studies of organizational practice

Paul J Smith, David Preece

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Abstract

The first part of the paper outlines and discusses the nature of work-based learning (WBL) and WBL programmes, and the overall direction of government strategy towards WBL programmes in Higher Education (HE) in England, with particular reference to postgraduate programmes, policy documents, and the WBL literature. Drawing upon case study research, the paper then presents an overview of the postgraduate WBL programmes offered by three English universities. There follows a presentation and analysis of the views of teaching staff and managers with respect to the operation of these programmes. A number of benefits were identified, including flexibility, student career development, and student's enhanced influence over the learning process and content. A number of problems were also identified, including a lack of awareness of, interest in, and resistance to the programmes on the behalf of the wider university academic community.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-182
JournalJournal of Vocational Education and Training
Volume61
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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