A work integrated learning (WIL) framework to develop graduate skills and attributes in a university's accounting and business courses

Leong, Raymond and Kavanagh, Marie (2011) A work integrated learning (WIL) framework to develop graduate skills and attributes in a university's accounting and business courses. In: RMIT Accounting Educators' Conference, 2011, 14 Nov 2011, Melbourne, Australia.

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Abstract

For many years, emphasis has been placed on the production of 'work ready' graduates competent in their disciplinary field and able to cope in a changing work environment. Universities are being placed under increasing pressure to produce employable graduates with governments making public funding for universities contingent upon demonstrable graduate outcomes. This has resulted in universities offering their undergraduate students in commerce and business 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 model to effectively embed WIL into undergraduate accounting and business programs. Through careful planning, implementation and assessments in three accounting/business courses in the WIL framework, students are encouraged to build essential knowledge and skills. They learn that to be successful in the working environment, they will need to be equipped with not only technical skills but transferable generic skills like communication, teamwork, problem-solving and the ability to network in a variety of workplace situations.

This program seeks to narrow the expectations gap between industry and academia and students and supports the development of graduates who can respond to changing economic circumstances and are employable, adaptable and positive contributors in the workplace.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2014 10:23
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2017 00:16
Uncontrolled Keywords: work integrated learning; framework; graduate skills; attributes; accounting
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130108 Technical, Further and Workplace Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130203 Economics, Business and Management Curriculum and Pedagogy
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150305 Human Resources Management
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23070

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