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Work Integrated Learning

A Guide to Effective Practice, 1st Edition

By Lesley Cooper, Janice Orrell, Margaret Bowden


224 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9780415556774
pub: 2010-03-24
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The demand for work-ready graduates, who are familiar with organizational practices in the workplace is increasing, and so the need for greater work integrated learning (WIL) is a growing concern for the education sector. With the globalization of higher education and the cultural and linguistic challenges this brings, WIL has become a core strategic issue for many organizations. Examining WIL as a process of integration between workplaces, higher education institutions, government, business and industry, this book includes:

  • Strategies for managing work integrated learning experiences
  • The what, when, where, why and who of WIL across professions
  • Advice on building relationships between higher education and the workplace
  • Guidance on preparing learners effectively for work
  • Practical case studies from firsthand experience
  • Direct information and instruction on the use of WIL

Work Integrated Learning is a practical guide that can be used by the education sector and employers alike. An integrated resource, applicable to all involved in work integrated learning, it will also appeal to pro-Vice Chancellors of teaching and learning, WIL coordinators, careers services, and all those involved with standards and competency.


'It is well written, organised and presented in an engaging style. It has been well researched, draws upon the reflections of the three authors, who are experts in this field and as such provide helpful insights and considerations for those who are less experienced and are now confronted with the task of providing students with effective work integrated learning experiences.' - Stephen Billett, Vocations and Learning Journal, 2011

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements The Authors Introduction 1. The New Higher Education Enterprise 2. A Conceptual Framework For Work Integrated Learning 3. Working To Learn, Learning To Work 4. Teaching In Work Integrated Learning 5. Assessing Work Integrated Learning 6. Supervision 7. Managing Difficult Situations 8. The Work Integrated Learning Process Appendix 1: Workplace Literacies - Knowledge, Skills And Attributes Appendix 2: Specific Risks And Difficulties Encountered In The Workplace Glossary References

About the Authors

Lesley Cooper is Acting Principal and Vice-President at the Laurier Brantford Campus at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada, and Adjunct Professor of Social Work at Flinders University, Australia.

Janice Orrell is a Higher Education Consultant and Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Education at Flinders University, Australia.

Margaret Bowden is a Research Assistant and Thesis Editing Consultant at Flinders University, Australia.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Adult & Continuing Education
EDUCATION / Professional Development