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Learning through work experience

Griffiths, Toni and Guile, David (2001) Learning through work experience. Journal of Education and Work, 14 (1). pp. 113-131. ISSN 1363-9080

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Abstract

How students learn and develop through work experience is here analysed. We draw upon contemporary learning theory, recent developments in the adult education and curriculum theory in developing a critique of current thinking and explore how far this provides the basis for a new pedagogic model for supporting learning through work experience. We discuss the concept of 'context' and the learning which occurs within and between the different contexts of education and work and argue that most models of work experience have either ignored the influence of context upon learning or have approached this issue mechanistically. New curriculum frameworks are needed to and to allow work in all of its forms to be used as a basis for the development of knowledge, skills and identity. We present a typology of work experience which identifies models of work experience, including a model which embodies the concept of 'connectivity'. We suggest that this may provide the basis for a productive and useful relationship between formal and informal learning.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published in Griffiths, Toni and Guile, David (2001) Learning through work experience. Journal of Education and Work, 14 (1). pp. 113-131. Journal of Education and Work is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/10.1080/13639080020028738
Controlled Keywords: Education and employment , Employment & labour market policy
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Lifelong and Comparative Education
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (2)
Date Deposited: 07 May 2010 10:03
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2013 11:43
URI: http://eprints.ioe.ac.uk/id/eprint/3957

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