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Project WEX21C - Work experience as an education and training strategy: New approaches for the 21st century
Overview This project aimed to undertake a European policy study and review of work experience among the 16-19 age group, including the following objectives: 
  • to develop a common framework and terminology for understanding work experience;
  • to undertake case studies of innovative work work experience partnerships;
  • to compare outcomes and develop transferable models;
  • to develop European quality criteria and a quality framework for work experience;
  • to undertake an active dissemination programme.
A typology of work experience was developed which identified five models of work experience, including a model which embodies the concept of 'connectivity', a form of reflexive learning. The final report recommended the use and development of the connective model as a practical response to challenges of the changing workplace.

The project results confirmed that the successful transfer of innovations or good practice across European VET systems is difficult. It was therefore recommended to develop 'boundary crossing' in the sense underlying the connective model. 

(Griffiths et al., 2000a, pp. 5, 23, 62, 63)

Insight The methodological steps in which the various frameworks and models were worked out can be followed up in the final report (Griffiths et al., 2000a).
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