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ERIC Number: EJ1099830
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0307-5079
Understanding Successful Sandwich Placements: A Bourdieusian Approach
Clark, Martyn; Zukas, Miriam
Studies in Higher Education, v41 n7 p1281-1295 2016
Sandwich placements and other integrated work and study schemes are increasingly advocated as a key means by which universities can promote students' employability. However, there is little understanding of how successful placements work in terms of facilitating learning and development. Drawing on three longitudinal case studies of students who have undertaken placements, two successfully, we use Bourdieu's conceptions of habitus and field to theorise successful placements. We establish the importance of the initial "fit" between an individual's habitus and the field they enter to undertake a sandwich placement, together with the extent of the "horizon for learning" emerging through the continuing interaction of habitus and field. Further, we argue that this relational approach can help us to recognise the importance of non-cognitive aspects of informal learning through placements and to understand how successful placements can be the catalyst for better grades on return to university study.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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