An introduction to the recent literature on approaches to work-based learning

Tom Lemanski, Ruth Mewis, Tina Overton


The term work-based learning is widely used throughout the literature, academia and industry to describe a multiplicity of approaches by which one can learn through work. The complex nature of work-based learning can often lead to confusion when designing courses which aim to implement such an approach.

This review will focus on:

  • The rationale for conducting work-based learning.
  • The varieties of approaches to work-based learning that are currently implemented.
  • Student opinions of work-based learning.
  • How to resolve any implementation and communication issues.

There are many approaches to developing work-based learning modules, courses and projects that utilise learning at, learning for, and learning through work. This paper aims to review the literature in these areas.

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