Undergraduate student as action-researcher: work-focused learning

Millwood, Richard, Powell, Stephen J. and Tindal, Ian (2008) Undergraduate student as action-researcher: work-focused learning. In: UVAC Annual Conference, 2008.

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Abstract

This paper describes and evaluates an approach to online supported, work-focused learning where undergraduate students operate as action-researchers; planning and implementing action for improvement in their workplace as a basis for award-bearing credit in higher education. A model is proposed for a meaningful, ongoing tripartite relationship between the Higher Education Institution, learner and small and medium enterprises that is viable. The way the design enables the learner to develop their 'higher level skills that embody the essence of higher education' (Willis, 2008) is an important issue if the ideas and approach are to be widely adopted. The paper outlines the curriculum design and the nature of the students work-focused inquiries. Data from final year research reports was analysed to identify the characteristics of the projects undertaken by students uncovering 'who they have become'. Challenges and issues of the approach are discussed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: This is an electronic version of the paper given at and published in the proceedings of the UVAC Annual Conference 2008.'Higher Education - Skills in the Workplace - delivering employer-led higher level work-based learning.'UVAC can be found online here : http://www.uvac.ac.uk
Uncontrolled Keywords: assessment,learning,work-based,action-research,work-focused,patchwork-text
Divisions: University of Bolton Research Centres > Institute for Educational Cybernetics
Depositing User: Scott Wilson
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2013 12:50
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2016 11:06
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/274

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