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ERIC Number: EJ832791
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0260-2938
Students' Perceptions of Undertaking Workplace Tasks within a Foundation Degree--Health and Social Care
Thurgate, Claire; MacGregor, Janet
Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, v34 n2 p149-157 Apr 2009
Foundation degrees (FDs) involve the fusion of academic and vocational paths in higher education (HE) qualifications; the challenge for academics and employers is the credible assessment of the student's workplace learning. Focusing to the workplace enables participants to learn from their daily routines encountered at work. The challenge is to help them demonstrate learning from experience within the workplace, by developing their ability to think at a higher level. A vital aspect of using workplace learning in partnership with employers/sector skills councils is that the learning is valid to the role. In response, the programme development group, which was composed of academics and employers, felt that workplace tasks (WPTs) would allow students to demonstrate role development through experiential learning at work. Therefore, this article uses a pilot case study (n = 16), using a focus group methodology, to discuss the assessment of the WPTs within a FD and the students' perception towards this form of assessment. Findings show that participants value WPTs, they motivate participants to learn and improve their self-esteem, however, some groups need specialist skills training where workplace competence is required. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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