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The challenges of reflection: students learning from work placements

The challenges of reflection: students learning from work placements

Smith, Karen, Clegg, Sue, Lawrence, Elizabeth and Todd, Malcolm J. (2007) The challenges of reflection: students learning from work placements. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 44 (2). pp. 131-141. ISSN 1470-3297 (Print), 1470-3300 (Online) (doi:

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The importance of employability in higher education and increasing numbers of students working while studying led leaders on a social science degree to introduce work experience modules. This paper reports on an in‐depth case study based on the analysis of staff and student interviews, the students’ reflective assignments, and a focus group session with students a year after completing the module. The themes of reflection and linkages are discussed. Linking theory to practice was difficult, but when achieved, students spoke of new ways of seeing the social sciences. The major challenge was learning to be reflective about themselves as employees, while reflecting on the workplace. The paper concludes by emphasising the value of this mode of study for producing deep learning.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] Official journal of the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA).
Uncontrolled Keywords: innovation, learning and teaching, email
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
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