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ERIC Number: EJ1113570
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1175-2882
The Value of Workplace Learning in the First Year for University Students from Under-Represented Groups
McEwen, Celina; Trede, Franziska
Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education, v15 n1 p55-67 2014
Workplace learning (WPL) is widely accepted in universities as a valuable component of educating for professional practices. Most often though, the focus of WPL is on helping students transition into the workforce, neglecting the role it can play in helping students transition into university. Using an online questionnaire and interviews, a study was conducted with undergraduate students enrolled in a regional Australian university to better understand their experiences of WPL in the first year of their studies. Findings from this study showed that although there are challenges associated with students undertaking WPL in the first year of university courses, WPL experiences were highly valued by students. Findings also highlighted that WPL had potential as a retention strategy for first year students in general, and students from under-represented groups in particular.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia
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