ERIC Number: EJ1130998
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
How Valuable Is "Short Project" Placement Experience to Higher Education Students?
Thompson, David W.
Journal of Further and Higher Education, v41 n3 p413-424 2017
Much of the research into higher education and its role in work-based learning, and especially in supporting undergraduate students on placements, has focused on longer-term internships and sandwich courses. Research has also concentrated on subject areas that have traditionally been associated with the above, for example business, health and engineering. By contrast, the aim of this study was to gather data from students on a much shorter period of placement categorised as a "short project." In addition, the data recovered was from students studying within the social sciences paradigm, undertaking an undergraduate degree in education studies (not teacher training). The social sciences and humanities more generally have not been discussed to any great extent within the context of research on placement or work-based learning; the subject area of education studies is not covered by previous research. The results suggest that even a relatively short period of structured placement can be of significant benefit to students and provide them with an opportunity to assess their career direction and gain valuable experience. The article also considers to what extent this type of placement can be applied to other subject areas within higher education.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Placement, Social Sciences, Experiential Learning, Work Experience Programs, Program Length, Relevance (Education), Achievement Gains, Feedback (Response), Online Surveys, Student Satisfaction, Foreign Countries, Qualitative Research, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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