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Out of the comfort zone: Enhancing work-based learning about employability through student reflection on work placements

Eden, Sally

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Sally Eden

Abstract

This paper examines the work-based learning about employability reported by 26 undergraduate Geography and Environmental Management students on part-time, unpaid work placements. The students' “reflective essays” emphasized their learning more in terms of emotional challenges than in terms of skills, as being pushed out of their “comfort zone” forced them to be more proactive, tackle unfamiliar activities and develop emotionally. This conceptualizes employability as more than skills and as integrative, reflective and adaptable. This also emphasizes that higher education institutions must support employability and work-based learning outside the academic zone and better integrate off-campus work-based learning with on-campus reflection.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2014
Journal Journal of geography in higher education
Print ISSN 0309-8265
Electronic ISSN 1466-1845
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 38
Issue 2
Pages 266-276
Institution Citation Eden, S. (2014). Out of the comfort zone: Enhancing work-based learning about employability through student reflection on work placements. Journal of geography in higher education, 38(2), 266-276. https://doi.org/10.1080/03098265.2014.911826
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/03098265.2014.911826
Keywords Employability; Work-based learning; Work-related learning; Work experience; Placements; Reflection
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03098265.2014.911826
Additional Information This is an accepted manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of geography in higher education on 01/05/2014, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline...80/03098265.2014.911826

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