Journal article

How do students offer value to organisations through work integrated learning? A qualitative study using Social Exchange Theory

Caitlin Kemp, Louise van Herwerden, Elizabeth Molloy, Sue Kleve, Julie Brimblecombe, Dianne Reidlinger, Claire Palermo

ADVANCES IN HEALTH SCIENCES EDUCATION | SPRINGER | Published : 2021

Abstract

Learning through work is a common feature of preparing health professionals for practice. Current understandings of work-integrated learning or a 'work-based placement', focus on students being consumers of experiences rather than providing a reciprocal benefit to the organisation in which they are placed. More nuanced understanding of the ways that students can offer value to organisations may provide new opportunities and increased capacity for workplace learning. This study drew on Social Exchange Theory to explore the perceived value and benefits of work-integrated learning experiences to the organisations in which students are placed. The focus was on population health placements undert..

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