Work-based learning is a radical approach to the notion of higher education. Students undertake study for a degree or diploma primarily in their workplace and their learning opportunities are not contrived for study purposes but arise from normal work. The role of the university is to equip and qualify people already in employment to develop lifelong learning skills, not through engagement with existing disciplines, bodies of knowledge or courses defined by the university, but through a curriculum unique for each person. The organizations in which students work benefit directly through projects that advance the enterprise as well as contributing to student learning. The arrangement is a three-way partnership - involving organization, learner and university. In this arrangement, individuals' learning is linked to the strategic goals of the organization, together with the knowledge and experience they bring to the learning. The key responsibility at the university is the recognition, assessment and accreditation of the learning.
Work-based Learning is the first comprehensive book on this major innovation and:
*locates work-based learning as part of major changes influencing universities
*includes contributions from many of the pioneers of work-based learning
*provides accessible accounts of the teaching, learning and assessment practices involved
*examines the impact of this innovation on the institutions in which it is introduced
*explores the changes in academic work practices associated with work-based learning and the challenges these present to academics
David Boud is Professor of Adult Education and Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Education, University of Technology, Sydney. Previously he was Foundation Director of the Professional Development Centre, University of New South Wales. He has written widely on teaching and learning in post-secondary education and on learning from experience. He is former President of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia and he currently edits the international journal Studies in Continuing Education. Nicky Solomon is a Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Education, University of Technology, Sydney. She is also Program Manager for Work-based Learning for the university. Her teaching and research experience has focused on professional practice and workplace learning.
Part one: Framing work-based learning New practices for new times Repositioning universities and work Knowledge at work issues of learning Creating a work-based curriculum Part two: Case studies From once upon a time to happily ever after the story of work-based learning in the UK higher education sector Making it work institutionally Ensuring an holistic approach to work-based learning the capability envelope Working with partners to promote intellectual capital The possibilities in a traditional university Implementing work-based learning for the first time Smart work what industry needs from partnerships A challenge to assessment and quality assurance in higher education Setting the standards judging levels of achievement Earning academic credit for part-time work Part three: Past, present and future Capital degrees another episode in the history of work and learning Future directions for work-based learning reconfiguring higher education Index.