‘Get foot in the door’: International students' perceptions of work integrated learning

Tran, Ly Thi and Soejatminah, Sri 2016, ‘Get foot in the door’: International students' perceptions of work integrated learning, British journal of educational studies, vol. 64, no. 3, pp. 337-355, doi: 10.1080/00071005.2015.1128526.

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Title ‘Get foot in the door’: International students' perceptions of work integrated learning
Author(s) Tran, Ly ThiORCID iD for Tran, Ly Thi orcid.org/0000-0001-6543-6559
Soejatminah, Sri
Journal name British journal of educational studies
Volume number 64
Issue number 3
Start page 337
End page 355
Total pages 19
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 0007-1005
Keyword(s) international students
international education
work-integrated learning
Summary Work-integrated learning (WIL) is regarded as an important vehicle to assist students’ development of relevant professional skills, knowledge and attributes that can enhance their employability. WIL arrangement for international students is a challenging issue for institutions, international students themselves as well as other related stakeholders. While there is an emerging body of literature that examines WIL for international students, how the value of WIL is perceived by this cohort is little known. This paper responds to this dearth of the literature by exploring the different meanings that international students in the vocational education and training sector attach to WIL. Using Bourdieu’s thinking tools of capitals and habitus to interpret interview data from 105 international students, this paper shows that WIL is seen to not only add value to student learning, career aspiration and employability but also transform and enhance their symbolic and social capitals. The paper underscores the instrumental, symbolic and developmental meanings that international students associate with WIL. In particular, it highlights the reciprocal relationship between students’ development of vocational ‘being’ and personal ‘being’ through WIL.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/00071005.2015.1128526
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
130108 Technical, Further and Workplace Education
Socio Economic Objective 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Grant ID DP0986590
Copyright notice ©2016, Society for Educational Studies
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