Lifelong learning and work-integrated learning

Exploring lifelong learning as a concept and how it can be measured can provide educators with clear steps for fostering this mindset in students. This research examined the characteristics of lifelong learners, and whether work-integrated learning (WIL) fosters these characteristics. Data was collected from co-op students and alumni using a lifelong learning scale, rubric of career success (satisfaction, engagement, advancement), and a cross-sectional survey. Findings revealed that: (1) differences in lifelong learning scores exist between students who participated in co-op and those who did not; (2) lifelong learning characteristics influence forms of student adjustment and performance during co-op; and (3) participants with higher lifelong learning scores ranked higher on career success measures.

STATUS: COMPLETED

Funding:
Supported by the 2014 WACE-IRG research grant

WACE Symposium presentation slides (PDF)

Centre for Teaching Excellence presentation slides (PDF)

WACE journal publication (PDF)

Journal of Education and Work publication (website)

Researchers

Robert Sproule

 

Antoine Pennaforte