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ERIC Number: EJ1113755
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1175-2882
Are Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Students Better Equipped Psychologically for Work Post-Graduation than Their Non-Work-Integrated Learning Peers? Some Initial Findings from a UK University
Purdie, Fiona; Ward, Lisa; McAdie, Tina; King, Nigel; Drysdale, Maureen
Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education, v14 n2 p117-125 2013
Work-integrated learning (WIL) provides an opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge, competence, and experience, which increase employability and lead to more satisfying careers. Research indicates that WIL results in improved academic- and occupationally-related outcomes. However, there is a paucity of quantitative research examining the psychological impact of WIL. The study aimed to determine whether students who pursue WIL in the UK, differ significantly in terms of self-concept, self-efficacy, hope, study skills, motivation, and procrastination than students who have not participated in WIL. The methodology used a cross-sectional analysis of a large sample (n = 716) of undergraduate students at the University of Huddersfield, UK. Results showed significant differences predominantly centred upon measures which pertain to students' confidence in setting and attaining goals. The increased hope and confidence in goal attainment suggest that gaining work experience perhaps enhances the ability to set and achieve goals once in the work force.
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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: United Kingdom
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire; Self Description Questionnaire
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