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ERIC Number: EJ1089680
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1448-0220
Approaches to Work-Integrated Learning and Engaging Industry in Vocational ICT Courses: Evaluation of an Australian Pilot Program
Armatas, Christine; Papadopoulos, Theo
International Journal of Training Research, v11 n1 p56-68 2013
Evaluation of a government-sponsored program for promoting work-integrated learning (WIL) in information communication technology (ICT) courses offered to vocational education students is discussed in this paper. The program provided the opportunity to incorporate WIL in the curriculum which had not previously been a feature of these ICT courses. Three broad approaches identified were work placements, industry projects and industry interaction (including industry guest speakers, networking events and exhibitions). Common challenges identified across the nine programs evaluated included the considerable resources required to recruit and engage industry partners and issues preparing students for WIL. All the program staff interviewed (N = 17) identified cost, time and effort as impediments to delivering WIL in their course, but acknowledged the many benefits for all participants in having such a program. Lessons for program design, effectiveness and sustainability drawn from the evaluation point to future possibilities for continued collaboration between vocational education providers of ICT courses and industry partners in the area of work-integrated learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia