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Drawing on 'work-related learning': a comparative study of higher nationals in Scotland and foundation degrees in England

Reeve, Fiona; Gallacher, Jim and Ingram, Robert (2009). Drawing on 'work-related learning': a comparative study of higher nationals in Scotland and foundation degrees in England. In: Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning 5th International Conference, 24-26 June 2009, University of Stirling.

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Policies for work-related higher education (HE) in Scotland and England have diverged in recent years. In Scotland, higher national certificates/diplomas (HNC/Ds) continue to provide the main framework for vocationally-focused HE learning, while in England there has been a decisive change associated with the establishment of foundation degrees (FDs). This paper reports on a comparative research project which has examined how work-based learning (WBL) or work-related learning (WRL) is being incorporated within these two frameworks. It draws on empirical research within six programmes, including full-time and part-time examples. Data was gathered using qualitative interviews with students, employers, course organisers and other stakeholders. In this paper we focus on the extent to which interviewees consider that they have been able to draw on the knowledge, skills and understanding developed through these WBL and WRL experiences in their subsequent work or further studies.

Item Type: Conference Item
Copyright Holders: 2009 Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetThe study is funded by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), Council for Industry and Higher Education (CIHE), Universities UK and the Sector Skills Development Agency (SSDA).
Keywords: work-based learning; foundation degrees; higher nationals
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Education Futures
Item ID: 27233
Depositing User: Fiona Reeve
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2011 10:53
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2016 04:20
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