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Work-based learning through negotiated projects: Exploring learning at the boundary
University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics. wedish University of Agricultural Sciences Skara Sweden.
University of Gothenburg Gothenburg Sweden.
University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics. (LINA)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4333-0371
2016 (English)In: Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning, ISSN 2042-3896, E-ISSN 2042-390X, Vol. 6, no 1, 2-19 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

More collaborative and open learning models are suggested as part of the paradigm shift in the way knowledge is produced, distributed and used. This paper aims to explore a work-based learning model, based on systemic negotiations between actors from the three parties: The academy, the industry and the students. The purpose is to investigate how teachers, supervisors and students value negotiated work-based learning as a boundary activity and to enhance the understanding of the learning potential at the boundary.

Design/methodology/approach

Activity theory is used as a lens to analyse the results from a survey to the three stakeholder groups and interviews of students. The four learning mechanisms are used to explore learning at the boundary between the two activity systems.

Findings

Diversity and mobility in education and work addressed by the notion of boundary crossing are associated with both challenges and a learning potential. There is a constant dynamic between structure and agency, where structure, the negotiated model, influence the individual agency. When gradually removing scaffolding students can as boundary crossers engage behaviourally, emotionally, and cognitively and have agency to handle contradictions at a local level. However, they did not seem to prioritize both systems equally but instead they were gradually socialised into the activity system of the industry.

Originality/value

When work-based learning is framed by a negotiated partnership it can manage and customize inherent conflicts of interest and enhance individual learning opportunities at the boundary and can be conceptualized as an open learning practice.

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2016. Vol. 6, no 1, 2-19 p.
Keyword [en]
Work-integrated learning, WIL, higher education
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Pedagogical Work
Research subject
Work Integrated Learning; SOCIAL SCIENCE, Informatics; SOCIAL SCIENCE, Educational science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-8854DOI: 10.1108/HESWBL-01-2015-0003ISI: 000387404600001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84955599056OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-8854DiVA: diva2:889698
Available from: 2015-12-28 Created: 2015-12-28 Last updated: 2017-12-01Bibliographically approved

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