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Towards a Framework for Re-conceptualization of Work-integrated Learning: an ontological approach
University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics. (LINA)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6970-1054
University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3074-5682
2015 (English)In: 19th World Conference Proceedings Refereed Papers, 2015, 1-17 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The concept of Work-integrated learning (WIL) is very closely connected to the concept of purposefully designed curriculum. The main focus is on conducting a range of rigorous approaches to integrate theory with the practice. The existing view of the WIL emerged out of the theory of employability. WIL has been traditionally viewed as a strategic merely curriculum design rather than adopting a Whole-organization approach to effective leadership theory–practice symbiosis (LTPS), which we advocate. Such an approach is useful in enhancing an awareness to consider concerns and interests of all stakeholders that are involved in the multiple initiatives pursued in higher education institutions. But it requires fundamental rethinking and radical design of WIL-inspired educational processes such as course design. Rethinking implies approaching WIL ontologically. Depending on which extent the concept of WIL has been perceived by universities worldwide, it has been thus viewed and implemented from a diverse spectrum of perspectives. First, we discuss the implications for the existed conceptual differences. Thereafter, and inspired by the main philosophical assumptions underpinning a Whole-organization approach to WIL, we propose and thus thoroughly concretize a framework which we call Work-related Educational Activities (WREA). The model which is the theoretical foundation of WREA consists of a category of several components. After identification of the main components of the model, we adopt an ontological approach to the reconceptualization of WIL. The aim of this paper is twofold. Firstly, to demonstrate how University West in Sweden views WIL, which is its newly announced research profile. Secondly, an attempt to re-conceptualize WIL by conducting an ontological approach to WREA.

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2015. 1-17 p.
World Conference Proceedings Refereed Papers, ISSN 2152-0518
Keyword [en]
Work-integrated Learning, Word-related Educational Activities, WIL-inspired Educational Processes, Experiential Learning, Cooperative & Work-Integrated Education (CWIE), Reconceptualization of WIL, Work-related Learning, Theory-place Integration, WIL-oriented Ontology, University West, Work-related Learning
Keyword [sv]
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Information Systems, Social aspects
Research subject
SOCIAL SCIENCE, Informatics; Work Integrated Learning
URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-8574OAI: diva2:892987
WACE 19th World Conference at Kyoto Sangyo University August 2015
Available from: 2016-01-11 Created: 2015-10-26 Last updated: 2016-03-10Bibliographically approved

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