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ERIC Number: EJ808778
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1977-0219
Students' Experiences of Workplace Learning in Finnish VET
Virtanen, Anne; Tynjala, Paivi
European Journal of Vocational Training, v44 n2 p199-213 2008
The Finnish vocational education and training system underwent remarkable transformations at the turn of the century. One of the biggest changes was introducing compulsory and guided on-the-job learning periods in all study programmes. In this article students' experiences of on-the-job learning and in particular of integrating school-based and work-based learning and guidance of students are examined. Data were gathered by an Internet questionnaire of final-year students at vocational institutes in the City of Helsinki (N=1282). The questionnaire was answered by 41% of the students. In general, students were satisfied with connecting school-based and work-based learning and guidance in vocational institutes and at workplaces. However, there were clear differences between fields of study. On-the-job learning seemed to function best in social and healthcare. (Contains 6 tables and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland (Helsinki)