Work-based learning and research for mid-career professionals: professional studies in Australia

Fergusson, Lee and Allred, Tim and Dux, Troy (2018) Work-based learning and research for mid-career professionals: professional studies in Australia. Interdisciplinary Journal of E-Skills and Lifelong Learning, 14. pp. 1-17. ISSN 2375-2084

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Work-based learning has been identified in the literature, and is established in academia and in the global worlds of work; however, an examination of work-based research, particularly at the doctoral level, has been less well articulated. Moreover, a paucity of published literature on either work-based research or Professional Studies means little is known about the dynamics and drivers of these domains. This study aims to begin addressing the shortfall in literature on work-based research and Professional Studies programs, using the program at University of Southern Queensland as an example. This paper examines work-based research in the context of the Professional Studies program at University of Southern Queensland in Australia. Analysis of work-based research includes discussion of ‘messy’ research environments and the changing nature of workplaces, along with the opportunities and challenges such environments pose for action researchers. In addition to addressing a shortfall in the published literature on work-based research, the paper also contributes insight into the mechanisms used to promote reflective practice and the generation of professional artefacts. Often driven by altruism, work-based research as implemented in the Professional Studies program results in a so-called ‘triple dividend’, designed to benefit the individual researcher, work environment, and community of practice.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 22 May 2018 06:09
Last Modified: 29 May 2018 23:09
Uncontrolled Keywords: work-based learning, work-based research, professional studies, reflective practice, mixed methods research, action research
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130108 Technical, Further and Workplace Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: doi:10.28945/3930

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