Work integrated learning curriculum for undergraduate psychology: a case study

O'Shea, A. (2011) Work integrated learning curriculum for undergraduate psychology: a case study. In: 46th Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference 2011, 4-8 Oct 2011, Canberra, Australia.


A four-year undergraduate degree in Psychology is offered by the University of Southern Queensland on the Springfield campus. In addition to providing the more usual opportunities for students to develop competencies required in a four-year undergraduate psychology degree, as outlined by APAC requirements, this degree program also requires students to engage in and progress through a series of
scaffolded Work Integrated Learning (WIL) activities, with the goal of producing more industry-aware and work-ready graduates. These activities constitute six courses offered in semesters one and two over the first three years of the program. WIL activities range from highly-structured, university-based opportunities to learn and practise practitioner skills to participation in university-supported, client-driven team projects and individual, externally supported professional placements in psychology and psychology-related industries. It is proposed that these activities vary in a number of ways including locus of support and degree of learning complexity. A multi-dimensional, learner-centred model of this curriculum will be presented and discussed.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
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Additional Information: The author/s will retain copyright of their abstract, in addition to the moral rights they are entitled to as author/s of the abstract. The Australian Psychological Society Ltd does not hold copies of any papers presented at conferences. A formal paper was not produced for publication in the conference proceedings as the APS conference organisers decided not to offer this in 2011.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2012 03:14
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2017 02:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: professional practice; students; work ready; field placements
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130213 Vocational Education and Training Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development

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