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ERIC Number: EJ801543
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1366-5626
Engendering Debate: Credit Recognition of Project-Based Workplace Research
Walsh, Anita
Journal of Workplace Learning, v19 n8 p497-510 2007
Purpose--In the UK there is currently a national consultation on the structure/adoption of an academic credit framework for higher education. The purpose of this paper is to argue that the principles underlying such a framework, when applied in the context of a workplace research project, can facilitate debate between the academic disciplines and work-based learning practitioners. Design/methodology/approach--This paper argues that the workplace project, when designed and structured according to credit principles, offers a valuable point at which to interact with academic colleagues from the disciplines, and to engage them in debate regarding the academic validity of work-based learning. The case made here is that workplace research projects (which will have an element of familiarity to colleagues) and academic credit practice (where learning recognition is not contextualised but level of achievement is fundamental) can offer a way to engender that debate. Findings--The lack of academic confidence in work-based learning has been consistently experienced by academics introducing work-based learning in the UK and Australia, and they are very much aware of the need to overcome it. There is a challenge to the structure and basis of higher education is taking place in a sector which, until recently, was functioning effectively in an elite tradition. Originality/value--The paper indicates a way to address the academic issues raised by full recognition of workplace learning and engage with them by using the "language" of credit practice, which can accommodate both new and established academic practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; United Kingdom