Work placement experience: should I stay or Should I go?

Kathleen Bullock, Virginia Gould, Momna Hejmadi, Gary Lock

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The opportunity to experience work placements that complement taught and practical courses in higher education has become a central strand of many undergraduate degree programmes. While there is tacit agreement that such placements are a good thing, in recent years the numbers of students opting for work placements has been declining. This paper uses a mixed method research design to probe the learning outcomes, attitudes and perceptions of undergraduate students who choose not to go on a work placement. Findings highlight some areas of concern that could be considered by institutions of higher education working to enhance good practice in students' work placement experiences.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)481-494
Number of pages14
JournalHigher Education Research and Development
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009


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