Title: In search of design guidelines for the improvement of the effectiveness of work-related learning arrangements

Authors: Josephine Lappia; Jan Streumer

Addresses: Rotterdam University, Museumpark 40, 3015 CX Rotterdam, The Netherlands. ' Rotterdam University, Museumpark 40, 3015 CX Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Abstract: This study addresses the question of which design guidelines are required in order to produce powerful, effective work-related learning arrangements in higher education that will motivate students to learn. A work-related learning arrangement is defined as an |arranged| educational learning track in an authentic working environment, where students learn in collaboration all the work processes that are typical for a portion of their future profession and the competences that go with it. In two case studies, a reconstructive study approach was taken to describe which factors are crucial for the efficiency of the design and the effectiveness of work-related learning by students. The outcomes of both case studies will be used to draw up the first version of the design guidelines (procedural and process curriculum specifications) for the further development of work-related learning arrangements.

Keywords: external consistency; relational approaches; systematic approaches; work-related learning; learning arrangements; higher education; universities; learning quality; design guidelines; procedural specifications; curriculum specifications; process specifications; internal consistency; effectiveness; student motivation; educational learning tracks; working environments; work processes; future professions; competences; reconstructive studies; houses; housing; Rotterdam; Netherlands; Holland; secondary education; pre-university education; Roosendaal; teacher training; human resource development; HRD; human resource management; HRM; workplace learning.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHRDM.2012.044199

International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management, 2012 Vol.12 No.1/2, pp.45 - 60

Published online: 08 Dec 2011 *

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