Due Date: 13/12/2019
Time: 10 am Darwin Time
Words: 350 – 400 (excluding references)
References: APA 6th edition (minimum 3 references)
Question: Based on the set and recommended readings in this learning module, explain the concept of work integrated learning (WIL) and provide arguments about the role and benefits of WIL.
Set and recommended readings:
- Engstrom, D. (2007). A Broadened Horizon: The Value of International Social Work Internships. Social Work Education, 26(2), 136-150. LINK
- Jackson, D. (2015). Employability skill development in work-integrated learning: Barriers and best practice. Studies in Higher Education, 40(2), 350-367. LINK
- Ferns, S, Campbell, M., Zegward, K. (2014). Work integrated learning In Zeegwaard, K. (2014). Work Integrated Learning in the Curriculum (pp. 1-6. Milperra, Australia: HERDSA. LINK
- Crossman, J. E. (2010). International experience and graduate employability: stakeholder perception on the connection. Higher Education, 59(5), 599-613. LINK
According to Jackson (2014), work integrated learning (WIL) is the term given to educational activities that integrate academic learning of a discipline with its practical application in the work environment. In addition, it is the process where student being able to recognize and mitigate potential risks, solve problems effectively, and manage diversity and ambiguity. As well as it’s a strategy for ensuring students to expose in authentic learning experiences with the opportunity to apply theoretical concepts to practice-based tasks, ultimately enhancing graduate employability (Ferns, Campbell, & Zegward (2014). The main role of WIL is to offers an approach to learning and addresses the requirement for educational institutions to provide evidence of employability capabilities that students acquire throughout their studies. Moreover, another important role is to provide opportunities for students to share and review their workplace experiences so they can transform their learning experiences into practice knowledge as a result, develop in their employability skills and identifies factors impeding skills performance (Jackson, 2014). This is an opportunity for students to spend an extended period of time in an organization where they undertake genuine work tasks with workplace supervision. Students learn to integrate previously studied theory with its practical application in the workplace and are able to develop professional competencies. Depending on the discipline, work placements may also be referred to as internships, practicums, or clinical placements. Similarly, Whelan (2017) state that, students are able to develop their professional identity, advance their theoretical knowledge and transferable skills, communicate effectively to people in diverse roles, engage in teamwork, problem posing and solving, and self-management.