ERIC Number: ED456325
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
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Learning from Small Enterprise Structured Work Placement.
Mulraney, James; Turner, Peter
Research in small enterprises (SEs) and schools in South Australia (SA) and New South Wales (NSW) ascertained differences and similarities in approach to structured workplace learning (SWL). Data were analyzed to identify critical exemplars of good practice in SWL in SEs. In each state, 4 high school SWL programs with SEs were selected; 41 students were interviewed in small groups; 18 staff were interviewed; and 26 SE personnel were interviewed across 8 industry sectors. Key themes from SE employers were understanding of SWL and training system reforms; characteristics required of students; learning; length of SWL placements; benefits for SEs and students; continuing with SWL programs; and greater involvement in SWL. Key themes from schools were strong interest in vocational education and training (VET); impact of the introduction of VET; SWL versus work experience; priority given to SWL; positive learning experiences; student-learned lessons; what employers are looking for; schools' contributions to SWL; impact of log books; negative learning experience; and barriers. A theoretical framework was developed that provided a model moving SWL away from its narrow perspective into a whole of community and adult enterprise learning framework. Application of the action research process to a learning partnerships model resulted in this cycle: diagnosing, action planning, workplace action, evaluating, and specifying learning. (Contains 58 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Action Research, Cooperative Education, Cooperative Programs, Developed Nations, Educational Development, Experiential Learning, Foreign Countries, Job Placement, Models, Partnerships in Education, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, Small Businesses, Student Employment, Work Experience Programs
For full text: http://www.avetra.org.au/PAPERS%202001/Mulraney%20Turner.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Australia