Work based learning as a conduit to business creativity in Australia

Baker, Shayne and Cathcart, Malcolm and Peach, Neil (2017) Work based learning as a conduit to business creativity in Australia. In: 20th Annual AVETRA Annual Conference: Renovate or Rebuild?: Exploring the Architecture of VET, 18-20 April 2017, Melbourne, Australia.

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The knowledge economy is compelling business leaders to adopt creative approaches to become and remain relevant and competitive. Business has the opportunity to use many of the learnings from art and philosophy in order to effectively respond to this situation. This article takes insights from creative artists and thinkers such as Dante, Yeats, Chomsky and TS Eliot and connects them with contemporary developments in professional learning, practice and reflection (with particular reference to the work of Hager et al., (2012) Kemmis et al., (2012) and Boud et al., (2006). The purpose of these connections is to illustrate the value of an emergent approach to tertiary education known as work based learning. The article is a departure from traditional views of work-based learning as it suggests that work based learning is a creative and innovative response that builds capability for both individuals and organisations. Within this context, significance is afforded through reflective practice. Whilst reflection is more associated with thinkers and artists than business leaders, it is an important skill in contemporary business settings. The authors argue that effective professional reflective practice draws the different elements of contemporary work based learning into a cohesive strategy for building higher levels of individual and organisational capability.

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Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2017 01:56
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2018 23:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: work based learning; workplace learning; reflective practice; professional practice; negotiated curriculum
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130213 Vocational Education and Training Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130108 Technical, Further and Workplace Education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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