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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2004-17, Analytic Quality Glossary, Quality Research International, http://www.qualityresearchinternational.com/glossary/

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 12 January, 2017 , © Lee Harvey 2004–2017.

 

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Work-integrated learning


core definition

Work-integrated learning allows students to combine learning in a higher education institution with learning in (or related to) an external work setting.


explanatory context

Work-integrated learning is the preferred term for work-related learning/work experience/work-based learning in Austalia.

 

The use of the term 'integrated' is ment to imply that the learning from the work setting is integrated, by design, into learning in the academy.

 

Carol-joy Patrick in a private briefing paper makes the point that work-integrated learning is just a ‘catch-all’ term in Australia that is used to describe a lot of different types of activity including, but not restricted to, placements and industry projects. Generally speaking disciplines such as education, law, nursing do not relate to the term 'work-integrated learning' because they have been doing it for a very long time under the terms, practicum, internship, clinical placement. It is more easily recognised as a term by the disciplines “newer” to incorporating workplace experiences in the degree.


analytical review

Calway and Murphy (2007, p. 18) state:

Work-Integrated Learning [WIL] should be the general term given to learning that occurs through undertaking a component of industry/professional practical experience while studying … WIL should be expressed through the imperatives of: work readiness; life-long learning; human and social potential; … and Work-Integrated Learning should engage active and/or action learning.

 

Mahlomaholo and Bohloko (2008, p. 372) state that for the purposes of their paper:

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is a broad strategy involving multiple sites of teaching and learning making it possible, to combine " and integrate learning and its work place application, regardless of whether the activity is real or simulated… it is the umbrella term used that combine and integrated learning and its workplace application as part of an enrolled program of study" (Academic Board/Board of Technical Studies, 2005).


McNamara
(2008, p. 399) explains work-integrated learning in the law discipline:

Work integrated learning is not a clearly defined term and can refer to a range of different learning situations. This paper focuses on work integrated learning in legal internship programs where students are provided with academic learning support while they complete workplacements in either the public or private sector and receive academic credit upon completion of the placement and associated assessment. In Australia, such programs are usually referred to as internships although in the United States they are more commonly referred to as externships.


Holtzhausen (2008, p. 226) from a South African perspective states work-integrated learning:

refers to learning in the workplace to provide students with relevant business and work experience. Experiential learning is often also referred to as work integrated learning. Work Integrated learning explores the cyclical pattern of all learning from experience to reflection and conceptualisation to action and to further experience (Pickles, 2006)


associated issues

 


related areas

See also

co-operative education

sandwich

work-based learning

work experience


Sources

Academic Board/Board of Technical Studies, 2005, Managing work integrated Learning (WIL), Activities, v 1.0. August 1

Department for Education and Skills and Council for Industry and Higher education (DfES/CIHE), 2002, The Work Related Learning Report, March, http://www.dfes.gov.uk/wrlr/ This address no longer active as of 21 January 2011.

Holtzhausen, N., 2008, 'From WIL to WOW – transforming Work Integrated Learning into a skill orientated World of Work ' in Work Integrated Learning (WIL): Transforming Futures: Practice ... pedagogy ... partnerships, The WACE/ACEN Asia Pacific Conference 2008 E-Proceedings, 30 September–3 October 2008, Manly Pacific Hotel, Sydney Australia, pp. 224 –30.

Mahlomaholo, S. and Bohloko, G., 2008, 'Academic rigour versus social relevance: which way should the pendulum swing with regard to experiential learning and community service learning? ' in Work Integrated Learning (WIL): Transforming Futures: Practice ... pedagogy ... partnerships, The WACE/ACEN Asia Pacific Conference 2008 E-Proceedings, 30 September–3 October 2008, Manly Pacific Hotel, Sydney Australia, pp. 369–78.

McNamara, J., 2008, 'The challenge of assessing student capabilities in legal internships ' in Work Integrated Learning (WIL): Transforming Futures: Practice ... pedagogy ... partnerships, The WACE/ACEN Asia Pacific Conference 2008 E-Proceedings, 30 September–3 October 2008, Manly Pacific Hotel, Sydney Australia, pp. 398–404.

Pickles, T. 2006. Experiential Learning …on the Web, available at: http://reviewing.co.uk/research/experiential.learning.htm, accessed by Holtzhausen 31 May 2006, still available 4 October 2012, last accessed 12 January 2017.

Queens University Belfast, 2005, What is Work-Related Learning? available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/AcademicStudentAffairs/CentreforEducationalDevelopment/CurriculumDevelopment/Work-RelatedLearning/WhatisWork-RelatedLearning/, accessed 21 January 2011, not available 29 January 2012 .


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