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Title WEX21C
Work experience as an education and training strategy: New approaches for the 21st century
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Concept Trends Findings Practice Challenge
Synopsis Major recommendations for consideration at a European level are highlighted below:

Businesses and educational and vocational institutions could practically respond - as learning organisations - to the challenge of the changing workplace and the likely demands of employment in the 21st Century by using and developing the project’s connective model of learning through work experience (Griffiths et al. 2001, p. 10; details of the model: pp. 30f., 36f.).

The project’s framework for considering quality allows for the identification, development and transfer of learning in way which goes well beyond the ‘checklist’ approach to quality issues. The framework should be developed in the school/workplace context (Griffiths et al. 2001, p. 10; details of the framework: pp. 53-57).

The successful transfer of innovations or good practice across European vocational education and training systems is difficult. This complexity should be accepted and an understanding of the need to develop ‘boundary crossing’ in the sense underlying the connective model of the project’s typology should underpin future work in both EU and ‘accession’ countries (Griffiths et al. 2001, p. 10, details of 'boundary crossing': pp. 36f. ).

Reference Further recommendations are set out in the final project report (Griffiths et al. 2001, pp. 9-11; )
See also project info on WEX21C.
Descriptors D-WBL  EP09          
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