Where There is a WIL There is a Way

Higher Education Research & Development, Vol. 29, No. 5, pp. 575 -588, 2010

2 Pages Posted: 8 Sep 2010

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Brett Freudenberg

Griffith University - Griffith Business School; Griffith University - Griffith Law School

Mark Brimble

Griffith University - School of Accounting, Banking and Finance - Nathan and Logan Campuses; Centre for Financial Independence and Education

Craig Cameron

Griffith University

Date Written: September 9, 2010

Abstract

While work-integrated learning (WIL) is seen as a way to address the call for improved employment readiness’ and generic skills of graduates, it has been stated that WIL programs need to be ‘well managed and structured’ and ‘well integrated.’ To provide such structure and integration a Professional Development (PD) Program was developed to assist students who would undertake a WIL internship as part of their business degree. This paper details evidence of the impact of the PD Program for first year students compared to those undertaking a conventional orientation process. The preliminary evidence demonstrate that structure and integration of the PD Program has had positive effects in terms of generic skills, satisfaction and self-efficacy.

Keywords: work integrated learning, generic skills, self efficacy, satisfaction

JEL Classification: I20

Suggested Citation

Freudenberg, Brett and Brimble, Mark and Cameron, Craig, Where There is a WIL There is a Way (September 9, 2010). Higher Education Research & Development, Vol. 29, No. 5, pp. 575 -588, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1673670

Brett Freudenberg (Contact Author)

Griffith University - Griffith Business School ( email )

Brisbane, Queensland 4111
Australia

Griffith University - Griffith Law School ( email )

Nathan Campus, GU
Nathan 4111
Australia

Mark Brimble

Griffith University - School of Accounting, Banking and Finance - Nathan and Logan Campuses ( email )

University Drive
Logan, Queensland 4131
Australia
(07) 373 55311 (Phone)

Centre for Financial Independence and Education ( email )

Brisbane, Queensland 4111
Australia

Craig Cameron

Griffith University ( email )

Brisbane, Queensland 4111
Australia
55587623 (Phone)

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