Work-Integrated Learning in the 21st Century: Global Perspectives on the Future Vol: 32

Tracey Bowen
University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada

Maureen Drysdale
St. Jerome's University/University of Waterloo, Canada

Product Details
11 Sep 2017
Emerald Publishing Limited
248 pages - 152 x 229mm
International Perspectives on Education and Society


Work-Integrated Learning in the 21st century: Global perspectives on the future, explores new questions about the state of work for new university and college graduates in the context of Work-Integrated Learning (WIL). As these ‘Millennials’ graduate, they are entering a precarious labour market that is filled with ambiguity and uncertainty, creating a great deal of anxiety for those trying to develop skills for highly competitive jobs or jobs that do not yet exist. In their pursuit of skill acquisition, many are participating in WIL programs (e.g., cooperative education, internships) which allow them to gain practical experience while pursuing their education. With a focus on WIL, this book examines issues involved in developing work ready graduates. Topics include mental health and well-being - an urgent matter on many campuses; remote working - an aspect of the information and social media age that is becoming more prevalent as the precarity of work increases; issues of diversity and discrimination; ethics and professionalism; global citizenship and competency; and the role that higher education institutions need to play to prepare students for the challenges of economic shifts. These topics are timely and relevant to the situations faced by new graduates and those who prepare them for the world beyond school. The chapters provide a close examination of the issues from a global perspective, particularly as experiential education and work-integrated learning programs are becoming more prevalent in higher education and viewed as essential for preparing millennials for the 21st century competitive labour market.
Introduction; Tracey Bowen and Maureen Drysdale  
Part 1: Learning, Work, and Experience: New Challenges and Projections for WIL 
1. Towards a Model of Work Experience in Work-Integrated Learning; Patricia Rowe 
2. Navigating Continuous Change: A Focus on Self-Direction and Skills and Knowledge Transfer; Nancy Johnston 
3. Workplace Learning in Higher Education: Two Examples from a Swedish Context; Jan Gustafsson and Per-Olof Thång 
4. WIL in Liberal Arts Programs: New Approaches; Deanne Gannaway and Karen Sheppard 
Part 2: Affordances, Impacts, and Challenges of New Technologies 
5. Flourishing in the Face of Constant Disruption: Cultivating the T-Professional or Adaptive Innovator Through WIL; Phil Gardner 
6. Learning in Hybrid Spaces: Designing a Mobile Technology Capacity Building Framework for Workplace Learning; Franziska Trede, Peter Goodyear, Susie Macfarlane, Lina Markauskaite, Celina McEwen, and Freny Tayebjee 
7. The Impact of Digital Communication Technologies and New Remote-Working Cultures on the Socialization and Work-Readiness of Individuals in WIL Programs; Tracey Bowen and Antoine Pennaforte 
Part 3: Work-Readiness for a Diverse World 
8. Repositioning Work-Integrated Learning in Diverse Communities; Carva Pop and Roelien Brink 
9. Intercultural Competency Development Curriculum: A Strategy for Internationalizing Work-Integrated Learning for the 21st Century Global Village; Norah McRae and Karima Ramji 
10. Professional Identity and Ethics: The Role of Work-Integrated Learning in Developing Agentic Professionals; Karsten E. Zegwaard, Matthew Campbell, and T. Judene Pretti 
Part 4: Health, Wellbeing, and Pathways to Success 
11. Driving Change: Students Shaping and Reshaping Work-Integrated Learning Spaces; Narelle Patton 
12. Pathways to Mental Health and Wellbeing: Understanding and Supporting Students on Campus and During Critical School-To-Work Transitions; Margaret McBeath, Maureen Drysdale, and Nicholas Bohn 
Conclusion - Moving forward: The future of WIL in the 21st Century 
Dr. Tracey Bowen is Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream in the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information, and Technology at the University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada. Her research focuses on examining students' transition between academic life and industry contexts in terms of the personal, professional, and intellectual shifts they experience, and how they articulate the challenges of that transition through critical reflective writing. This research also probes students' perceptions of what it means to be a professional and how they self-manage their behaviours in order to be seen and accepted as a new professional when entering the workforce. This work has been published in Studies in Higher Education and Higher Education Research and Development. She is also a member of the World Association for Cooperative and Work-Integrated Education-International Research Group (WACE-IRG). 
Dr. Maureen Drysdale is an Associate Professor of Psychology, St. Jerome's University, and Cross-Appointed Professor, Applied Health Studies - School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo, Canada. Her research examines how learner differences, psychological constructs, peer support, sense of belonging, mental health, and overall wellbeing impact school-to-work transitions and success in the labour market. Her work has been presented at numerous conferences and published in several academic journals and books. She is the Executive Chair for the World Association for Cooperative and Work-Integrated Education-International Research Group (WACE-IRG), a member of the WACE Board of Governors, and the recipient of three prominent research awards for outstanding and distinguished research in CWIE (CEIA - Ralph Tyler Award, CEIA - James Wilson Award, CAFCE - Graham Branton Award).

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