Integrating and augmenting tertiary education students’ experiences in workplace settings

11th November 2019 : 17:00 - 18:30

Category: Public Seminar

Speaker: Stephen Billett, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia

Location: Department of Education, Seminar Room A

Convener: Susan James Relly

About the series


The Department of Education’s Public Seminar Series are held on a termly basis throughout the academic year and are designed to engage wider audiences in topical research areas from across the department. Seminars are free to attend and held on most Mondays during term from 5pm. Each seminar is convened by a member of the department and speakers include academics from across the department, the wider University, as well as internationally recognised professionals from across the globe.

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Seminar Abstract


Increasingly, tertiary education institutions are providing workplace experiences for their students to achieve goals associated with occupational preparation and work readiness. However, without considering how best these experiences might be organised, enacted and augmented the full benefits of these learning experiences may not be fully realised. Drawing upon three large studies in Australian higher education, this presentation sets out a case for the kinds of curriculum practices (i.e. intended, enacted and experienced), as well as a range of pedagogic practices that can be enacted prior to, during and after students’ work placements, and the kinds of personal practices of students likely to support the effective integration and reconciliation of experiences in both the workplace and educational setting as directed towards developing robust occupational knowledge.


About the speaker


Stephen is Professor of Adult and Vocational Education in the School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.

He is a National Teaching Fellow and Australian Research Council Future Fellow, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences, a Fulbright scholar, who holds an honorary doctorate (honoris causa) from the University of Jyvaskala, Finland. In addition, to his Honorary Research Fellowship at Oxford, he holds visiting professorships at the University of Stavanger and, Gold Coast University Hospital. He currently leads research projects in Australia, Singapore and Norway. He reviews grant applications for regional agencies and governments and conducts program evaluations in a range of countries.