ACEN ECR research project

Dr Jacqueline Mackaway (Macquarie University) is currently conducting an ACEN funded project which aims to develop a set of resources that showcase policies, practices and other enabling factors that have worked to support equitable student access to work-integrated learning (WIL) placements.

These resources will be useful to students, employees or workplace supervisors and university staff.

The following people are invited to participate:

  1. Students/recent graduates who have completed a WIL placement in the past 3 years.
  2. Employees or workplace supervisors who are currently involved in the coordination and/or supervision of WIL students at their organisation or have been involved in this type of activity in past 3 years.
  3. Academics or professional staff members from tertiary institutions who are currently involved in the placement and/or supervision of WIL students or have been involved in this work in the past 3 years.

If you decide to participate, you will be asked to take part in a 20 minute on-line survey or “Story Template” which focuses on your experiences of inclusive/exclusive WIL. At the end of the survey, you are invited to indicate if you are interested in participating in a semi-structured interview at a time and place convenient to you. This interview will seek to gain a deeper understanding of the range of factors that help successful access to WIL placements for diverse learners.

Please do forward this information to others in your network who may be able to offer their insights on this topic – particularly students and workplace supervisors.

Information gathered will be used to inform the ‘Stories of Success’ resources. These resources will be disseminated via the Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) website. Findings from the study will also be presented at the ACEN conference in October 2020 and published in the International Journal of Work-Integrated Learning.