Journal article

Engineering work integrated learning placements: the influence of capitals on students' access

Megan Paull, Natalie Lloyd, Sally A Male, Teena Clerke

JOURNAL OF HIGHER EDUCATION POLICY AND MANAGEMENT | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2019

Abstract

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is embraced in Australian higher education (HE) and is a feature of most Australian HE ‘entry to profession’ engineering education programs accredited by Engineers Australia. Accreditation guidelines articulate the need for curriculum-integrated engagement with professional practice (EPP) and encourage EPP in a separate workplace environment, e.g. WIL. This article reports on the analysis of semi-structured interviews with staff and student engineers from four Australian HE institutions with mandatory engineering WIL. Framed by a Bourdieusian theoretical perspective, the influence of capitals on student access to engineering WIL placements was investigated. The..

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Grants

Awarded by National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education [Project 52].