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Mixed views in the academy: academic and student perspectives about the utility of developing work-ready skills through WIL

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McManus, L and Rook, L, Mixed views in the academy: academic and student perspectives about the utility of developing work-ready skills through WIL, Studies in Higher Education pp. 1-15. ISSN 0307-5079 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2019 Society for Research into Higher Education

DOI: doi:10.1080/03075079.2019.1630809

Abstract

Work-integrated Learning (WIL) can be a vehicle for the development of studentsí work-ready skills. This paper presents the views of undergraduate business students and academics about the role and perceived importance of work-ready skills in the business curriculum and the perceived role of WIL activities in enabling the development of work-ready skills. A total of 50 business students and 24 academics from a number of faculties across the university participated. While students and academics both agree that a combination of on and off campus WIL activities are most effective for developing work-ready skills, students and academics hold different views to the importance of work-ready skills in the curriculum and the importance of including specific skills such as project planning. These findings have implications for the development of work-ready skills and embedding both WIL and non-WIL activities in undergraduate courses for business school educators and university policy makers.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:work-ready skills, work-integrated learning, business education, graduate skills, work-based learning
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Economics, business and management curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Policies and development
UTAS Author:McManus, L (Professor Lisa McManus)
ID Code:133489
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2019-06-28
Last Modified:2020-02-26
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