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ERIC Number: ED448275
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Dec-7
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Work-Based Learning in Vocational Higher Education Programmes: A Finnish Case of Project-Based Learning.
Lasonen, Johanna; Vesterinen, Pirkko
In Finland, ammattikorkeakoulu (AMK) or higher vocational education institutions or polytechnics are professionally and practically oriented; their teaching and learning methods reflect approaches different from those of universities. Training and learning methods focus on learning by doing. Project work used in polytechnic programs offers students meaningful forms of learning in collaboration with other students, teachers, and representatives of working life. Use of project-based learning varies in different fields of polytechnic programs. Two phenomenographic case studies at three AMK institutions: Kajaani Polytechnic, Jyvaskyla Polytechnic and Helsinki Polytechnic, reveal ways of integrating theory into practice and school- and work-based learning. Results of the case studies indicate that the students' learning goals can be organized into the following four main categories: style of learning; social orientation; professional orientation; and locus of control. Project-based learning develops students' self-regulation, communication, and collaboration skills. (Contains 73 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Cognitive Style, Cooperation, Developed Nations, Education Work Relationship, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Locus of Control, Student Projects, Teaching Methods, Technical Institutes, Theory Practice Relationship, Vocational Education, Web Based Instruction, Work Experience Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Finland; Phenomenography
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for Career and Technical Education/International Vocational Education and Training Association (74th, San Diego, CA, December 7-10, 2000).