2. Principles, Guidelines and Strategies for Inclusive WIL

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Based on wide consultation and research across the Higher Education (HE) sector in Australia, it is clear that there are many concerns about issues of inclusive practice in the design and delivery of work-integrated learning (WIL). Some students, for a variety of reasons, face barriers in gaining access to and achieving full participation in WIL. This issue is becoming increasingly prominent and there has been a call for action in the National Strategy on WIL in Higher Education (2015), with a key area of importance identified as addressing equity and access issues in student participation in WIL. While many examples of effective practice in universities exist, there is currently no systematic approach nor agreed set of principles about how to develop genuinely inclusive WIL.

The Principles, Guidelines and Strategies for Inclusive WIL presented here are intended to assist universities to address equity and access issues by developing more inclusive approaches to the way WIL is conceived and practiced. This resource is designed to inform university policies and practices, and the design and delivery of WIL curriculum. The target audience is university leadership and those determining policies and practices, as well as professional and academic staff who work directly with students. WIL inherently involves working with a range of partners which includes students. The Principles, Guidelines and Strategies for Inclusive WIL are designed to support, not direct partner behaviour and attitudes.

The resource is informed by relevant national and international WIL literature, and scholarship about inclusive teaching practices related to specific target groups. Through webinars, focus groups and state-wide forums, the resource has also drawn on the collective wisdom of over 70 WIL practitioners from a range of institutions and disciplinary areas. The principles and guidelines reflect and incorporate the advice, feedback and ideas so generously provided by these practitioners. In addition, examples of practical strategies have been gathered and are also presented.

 

The Principles, Guidelines and Strategies for Inclusive WIL presented here are intended to assist universities to address equity and access issues by developing more inclusive approaches to the way WIL is conceived and practiced.

 

These are presented as a hierarchy, that is:

> Principles: high level statements intended to guide the conceptualisation of inclusive WIL;

> Guidelines: intended to assist in determining how to enact the principles; and

> Strategies: examples of effective practice which demonstrate practical application of these concepts.

 

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Principles

Guidelines

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This resource is designed to inform university policies and practices, and the design and delivery of WIL curriculum.

 

The target audience is university leadership and those determining policies and practices, as well as professional and academic staff who work directly with students.

 

WIL inherently involves working with a range of partners which includes students. The principles and guidelines are designed to support, not direct partner behaviour and attitudes.

 

This resource acknowledges that different contexts, priorities and approaches, as well as particular disciplinary requirements and student cohorts, will impact on how this resource is adopted. It is important to note that many parameters influence how WIL operates and how inclusive it will be in practice. These include government, institutional, departmental and/or organisational policies, professional accreditation requirements, and formal and informal practices. Curriculum design and administrative approaches and the WIL models themselves can also vary greatly across disciplines and institutions, in the workplace or community setting.  All of these aspects need to be considered in relation to the principles, guidelines and strategies.

 

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