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Developing and assessing work readiness using reflective practice

conference contribution
posted on 2013-01-01, 00:00 authored by Anthony MillsAnthony Mills
One of the most significant assessment challenges in higher education is how to authentically assess the acquisition of graduate attributes. When the assessment of attributes is developed to prepare students for the real world context or work place, it becomes even more challenging and complex. This paper presents a study of assessing work-integrated learning: a curriculum intervention within the discipline of the Built Environment, which sought to actively foster the development of graduate attributes to prepare students for the workforce. The research explores how the assessment of graduate attributes can be validated, and ultimately enhanced, by understanding the learning journey from the student perspective. The research focuses on the distinctive issues associated with Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) using an industry-mentored project, on a construction related issue. The students were asked to capture their reflections in the form of reflective diaries, which were prepared weekly throughout the subject. The research showed that many students expressed very positive views about their learning experiences. This occurred in spite of the challenges caused by the formal assessment process that were undertaken as part of the subject. The implications of the study are examined in relation to both the construction management discipline and wider context of assessing graduate attributes in higher education The paper suggest that giving voice to the student-learning journey offers a powerful lens through which the assessment of attributes can be validated.



Associated Schools of Construction. Conference (49th : 2013 : San Luis Obispo, California)


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Associated Schools of Construction


San Luis Obispo, California

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Hattiesburg, Miss.

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Publication classification

E1 Full written paper - refereed

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2013, Associated Schools of Construction


T Sulbran

Title of proceedings

ASC 2013 : Proceedings of the 49th Annual Associated Schools of Construction International Conference

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