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The Australian Collaborative Education Network student scholarship for work-integrated learning 2010-2014
Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education
  • Keri Moore, Southern Cross University
  • Sonia Ferns, Curtin University
  • Deborah Peach, Queensland University of Technology
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2015
Peer Reviewed
Peer-Reviewed
Abstract
The increasing emphasis on embedding work-integrated learning (WIL) in the higher education curriculum has impacted on teaching and learning approaches. While the benefits of incorporating experiential learning in the student experience are recognized by all stakeholders, additional costs incurred by students have not been identified. At the same time the Australian Federal Government’s review of base funding has recommended a detailed assessment of the costs of providing student placements across all disciplines - in particular health and education. Data collected from over a thousand Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) student scholarship applicants indicate travel, accommodation, food, clothing, equipment and loss of income are of major concern especially for students on mandatory, lengthy placements involving relocation. We present a range of data from the five-years of the scholarship to inform discussion of costs from the student perspective which highlighted major concerns. The implications for ACEN are described and recommendations made to improve practice.
Citation Information

Moore, K, Ferns, S & Peach, D 2015, 'The Australian Collaborative Education Network student scholarship for work-integrated learning 2010-2014', Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 241-254.

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