Towards a Model of Multi-organisational Work-based Learning: developmental networks as a mechanism for tacit knowledge transfer and exploration of professional identity

Sanders, Gail (2010) Towards a Model of Multi-organisational Work-based Learning: developmental networks as a mechanism for tacit knowledge transfer and exploration of professional identity. Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (4-1). pp. 51-68. ISSN 1742-240X

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Abstract

This paper is based on the experience of a multi-organisational workbased learning degree programme run by Sunderland Business School which has produced some remarkable and unexpected results in terms of the learners’ academic, personal and career development. The programme was built on a three-part model of tacit knowledge transfer designed to make use of learners’ work experience and knowledge in the context of a taught academic programme. Fundamental to the model was the formation of action learning sets through which students from varied organisations explored workbased enquiries, shared ideas and engaged in dialogue and debate. Evaluation of the programme suggests that these learning sets were a key factor in its success, promoting effective active learning. An additional hypothesis explored in the paper is that the programme model created an environment in which learners were able to clarify or redefine their professional identity, promoting clearer contextualisation for their learning. The paper closes with a dilemma that encourages further reflection on the relationship between work-based learning and traditional pedagogical practices.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Additional Information: Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LATHE) was published by the University of Gloucestershire between 2005 and 2011. LATHE was edited by Phil Gravestock and Michele Hills. Publication has ceased, the final issue was issue No.5
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Professional Services > Academic Development Unit
Research Priority Areas: Learning and Professional Contexts
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2016 14:01
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2017 05:33
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/3882

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