High-risk, high-stake relationships: building effective industry-university partnerships for Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

Peach, Deborah, Larkin, Ingrid, & Ruinard, Elizabeth (2012) High-risk, high-stake relationships: building effective industry-university partnerships for Work Integrated Learning (WIL). In 2012 ACEN Conference Proceedings : Collaborative Education: Investing in the Future, Australian Collaborative Education Network Inc., Geelong, Victoria, pp. 230-236.

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Abstract

Many industry peak and professional bodies advocate students undertake professional work placements as a key work integrated learning (WIL) experience in accredited university degree courses. However, mismatched expectations and gaps in the way industry partners (IPs) are supported during these work placements can place these high-stake alliances at risk. A review of models and strategies supporting industry partners indicates many are contingent on the continued efforts of well-networked individuals in both universities and IP organisations to make these connections work. It is argued that whilst these individuals are highly valued they often end up representing a whole course or industry perspective, not just their area of expertise. Sustainable partnership principles and practices with shared responsibility across stakeholder groups are needed instead. This paper provides an overview of work placement approaches in the disciplines of business, engineering and urban development at an Australian, metropolitan university. Employing action research and participatory focus group methodologies, it gathers and articulates recommendations from associated IPs on practical suggestions and strategies to improve relationships and the resultant quality of placements.

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ID Code: 63292
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: high-stake partnerships, HERN, Industry Partners (IPs), work integrated learning (WIL), risk
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Chancellery
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Current > Schools > School of Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations
Copyright Owner: Copyright © 2012 Deborah Peach, Ingrid Larkin, Elizabeth Ruinard
Deposited On: 16 Oct 2013 01:47
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2015 06:03

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