Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Bridging theory and practice through Work-Integrated Learning (WIL): critical perspectives on the conceptualisations of WIL at a university in Sweden
University of Oslo, Oslo (NOR).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3588-729X
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Urban Planing and Development. (KAMAIL)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4822-6247
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Urban Planing and Development. (KAMAIL)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2625-6218
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Urban Planing and Development. (KAMAIL)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6050-0141
Show others and affiliations
2023 (English)In: Critical Studies in Education, ISSN 1750-8487, E-ISSN 1750-8495, p. 1-18Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

In this article we interrogate how University of Sweden (UoS), the leading Work-integrated learning (WIL) university in Sweden, represents WIL publicly, discussing this in relation to higher education’s changing role within an increasingly knowledge-based capitalism, in which knowledge and research become subsumed under demands for market utility and student employability. Through analysis of WIL literature we distil a theory-practice ‘gap’ with spatial, institutional, epistemological and pedagogical dimensions that WIL as a field of educational practice tries to ‘bridge’. We use this conception to deconstruct how (UoS) presents WIL to potential students, partners, employers, and society at large. We find that while the university at the central level presents WIL as a synergistic and multi-dimensional activity that bridges the theory/practice divide to produce ‘advanced knowledge’ and employable students, the actual educational programs articulate WIL in a manner which privileges practical usability and employability over theoretical knowledge, in line with an academic capitalist focus on utility. Further, there is a significant difference in how vocational and academic programmes implement WIL. Whereas WIL components seem relatively easily integrated into professional programs present, academic programs must undertake advanced discursive manoeuvres to incorporate WIL’s principles into what would otherwise be quite theory-focused programs.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2023. p. 1-18
Keywords [en]
Work-integrated learning; higher education; theory; practice; vocational; academic capitalism; deconstruction; employability
National Category
Learning
Research subject
Work Integrated Learning
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-21139DOI: 10.1080/17508487.2023.2294462ISI: 001129228700001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85179989827OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-21139DiVA, id: diva2:1822888
Note

CC -BY 4.0

Available from: 2023-12-28 Created: 2023-12-28 Last updated: 2024-01-02

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(714 kB)128 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 714 kBChecksum SHA-512
93cb7f5fc789339a65adb6e8c30c9e4cf7f50a5d643f1b4e5d14b8c1a411bf2299a749823b717e78dbf09293f72615743bb6434b6adbf113a952ba739a5f7bd0
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

Other links

Publisher's full textScopus

Authority records

Sunnemark, FredrikDahlquist, KarlGahnström, EmilAssmo, PerPiper, Laurence

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Sunnemark, LudvigSunnemark, FredrikDahlquist, KarlGahnström, EmilAssmo, PerPiper, Laurence
By organisation
Division of Urban Planing and Development
In the same journal
Critical Studies in Education
Learning

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 128 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

doi
urn-nbn

Altmetric score

doi
urn-nbn
Total: 340 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf