A work integrated learning (WIL) framework to develop graduate skills and attributes in an Australian university's accounting program

Leong, Raymond and Kavanagh, Marie (2013) A work integrated learning (WIL) framework to develop graduate skills and attributes in an Australian university's accounting program. Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education, 14 (1). pp. 1-14.

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Abstract

Universities are being placed under increasing pressure to produce employable 'work ready' graduates who are able to cope in a rapidly changing work environment. This has resulted in universities offering their undergraduate students the opportunity to gain good business acumen and real world experience by undertaking Work Integrated Learning (WIL) as part of their learning.
This paper proposes a three stage WIL Framework to effectively embed WIL into an undergraduate accounting program. Through careful planning and implementation in three accounting courses, students are encouraged to build essential discipline knowledge and transferable generic skills like communication, teamwork and problem-solving.
The WIL Framework developed seeks to narrow the expectations gap between industry, academia and students. It supports the development of graduates who can respond to changing economic circumstances making them more employable and adaptable at the workplace.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © New Zealand Association for Cooperative Education. The Journal allows free open access for its readers. http://www.apjce.org/
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2013 06:55
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2014 06:23
Uncontrolled Keywords: work integrated learning; framework; employability; skills; attributes; accounting
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150313 Quality Management
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150310 Organisation and Management Theory
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130203 Economics, Business and Management Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/22274

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