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Work + Learning A Knowledge Base of Theory and Practice in Australia




Modes of learning and teaching in many countries have undergone dramatic change over the last 25 years. Abandoned are the days of wise teachers serving as ‘agents of learning’ and ‘transmitters of knowledge’ and students as ‘passive and empty receptacles’ waiting patiently to absorb dispensed wisdom. Teachers are now ‘facilitators’ of individualised learning programs and, for well-established reasons, students increasingly self-direct their own study, a lot of which is often expe1ience-based. This shift in learning and teaching has led to initiatives like work­integrated learning, community-based learning, and ‘blended learning; and calls for greater integration of workplace learning into higher education and of higher education into the workplace and the 1ise of alternate forms of learning in the workplace. Against this general social landscape and educational backdrop, a significant corpus of published literature also suggests an international trend away from a focus on renrolment in formal, discipline-based, tertiary education prog ams toward more broadly applied definitions and applications of knowledge and curricula to include work-based learning./strong>
Author :Lee Fergusson, Shayne Baker Luke van der Laan