Pictured (l.to r.) Norah McRae Executive Chair of the WACE International Research Group, Paul Stonely CEO WACE, Dr Sally Burford, University of Canberra, one of two researchers and Prof Nick Klomp DVCA University of Canberra, keynote speaker at the WACE conference.

Australians were successful in winning the WACE research grant award announced at the recent World Conference held in Chiang Mai Thailand in June.

Researchers are: Associate Professor Sally Burford (University of Canberra) and Professor Lesley Cooper (University of Wollongong).

Title: Stolen Knowledge: learning and knowing in workplace practice

Synopsis: This project attends to the learning and knowing that students acquire in workplace practice; the learning that is situated, tacit and emergent, and cannot be prescribed in advance. It seeks to illuminate these forms of learning, so that they can be acknowledged, valued and better considered by students and university educators. The research aims to conceptualise the student learning that is impromptu and emergent in the workplace so that it is legitimised and becomes the subject of student reflection within the academy. Greater privilege is sought for the learning that is transferred from workplace to tertiary institution.