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ERIC Number: EJ1071779
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1874-785X
Students' Learning Processes during School-Based Learning and Workplace Learning in Vocational Education: A Review
Schaap, Harmen; Baartman, Liesbeth; de Bruijn, Elly
Vocations and Learning, v5 n2 p99-117 Jul 2012
Learning in vocational schools and workplaces are the two main components of vocational education. Students have to develop professional competences by building meaningful relations between knowledge, skills and attitudes. There are, however, some major concerns about the combination of learning in these two learning environments, since vocational schools are primarily based on the rationales of learning and theory, while workplaces are based on the rationales of working and practice. This study therefore aims to structure empirical insights into students' learning processes during the combination of school-based learning and workplace learning in vocational education. A review-study has been conducted in which ultimately 24 articles were analyzed thoroughly. The review shows that students' learning processes in vocational schools and workplaces are related to six main themes: students' expertise development, students' learning styles, students' integration of knowledge acquired in school and workplace, processes of knowledge development, students' motivations for learning and students' professional identity development. Our results show that students are novices who use specific and different learning styles and learning activities in vocational schools and workplaces. It is concluded that the enhancement of students' learning processes needs to be adaptive and differentiated in nature. Recommendations for further research are elaborated and suggestions for the enhancement of students' learning processes are discussed using insights from hybrid learning environments and boundary crossing via boundary objects.
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Language: English
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