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dc.contributor.authorO’Donovan, Dermot
dc.identifier.citationO'DONOVAN, D., 2018. 'Bilateral benefits: student experiences of work-based learning during work placement'. Industry and Higher Education Journal [Online], March, 32, 2., pp. 119-128. Available from:
dc.description.abstractThis article explores the varied learning experiences among third-year students undertaking a structured work placement module in the furniture and wood manufacturing industries. Using situated learning theory, the article considers the outcomes of in-depth interviews with 10 students and offers an insight into the multifaceted interactions between ‘novices’ (students) and ‘experts’ in the workplace. Through the experiences and voices of students, the research uncovers evidence of two-way learning between the students and their work colleagues, particularly where the work environment and management support opportunities for knowledge and skills transfer. Three broad themes emerge from those interviews: (1) most students considered that workplaces facilitated opportunities for learning; (2) few barriers to learning were experienced by students; and (3) in most cases, students felt they had opportunities to introduce new skills. This qualitative piece of research underlines the importance for organizations to develop and promote the workplace as a ‘learning environment’ and to nurture new members so that they can contribute to learning, to the ultimate benefit of the whole organization. The findings highlight the positive role of curriculum design in accelerating the journey towards full participation for new members in a community of practice.en_US
dc.publisherIndustry and Higher Educationen_US
dc.relation.ispartofIndustry and Higher Education Journalen_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Ireland*
dc.subjectExperiential learningen_US
dc.subjectLegitimate peripheral participationen_US
dc.subjectStudent learningen_US
dc.subjectWork placement, Irish Higher Educationen_US
dc.subjectGalway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Student work placement experienceen_US
dc.titleBilateral benefits: student experiences of work-based learning during work placementen_US
dc.rights.accessCreative Commonsen_US
dc.subject.departmentNational Centre for Excellence in Furniture Design & Technology - GMITen_US

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