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Mixed views in the academy: academic and student perspectives about the utility of developing work-ready skills through WIL

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posted on 2023-05-20, 04:57 authored by McManus, L, Rook, L
Work-integrated Learning (WIL) can be a vehicle for the development of students’ work-ready skills. This paper presents the views of undergraduate business students and academics about the role and perceived importance of work-ready skills in the business curriculum and the perceived role of WIL activities in enabling the development of work-ready skills. A total of 50 business students and 24 academics from a number of faculties across the university participated. While students and academics both agree that a combination of on and off campus WIL activities are most effective for developing work-ready skills, students and academics hold different views to the importance of work-ready skills in the curriculum and the importance of including specific skills such as project planning. These findings have implications for the development of work-ready skills and embedding both WIL and non-WIL activities in undergraduate courses for business school educators and university policy makers.


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Studies in Higher Education









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United Kingdom

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