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Motivations And Barriers In Undergraduate Students' Decisions To Enroll In Placement Courses In The UK

Balta, M., Coughlan, Jane-Lisa, Hobson, Peter (2012) Motivations And Barriers In Undergraduate Students' Decisions To Enroll In Placement Courses In The UK. Journal of International Education Research, 8 (4). pp. 399-414. ISSN 2158-0979. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Due to recent changes in higher education and the increased demand for highly qualified candidates in the labor market, the employability of U.K. graduates has become a key performance indicator for universities. Institutions of higher education attempt to address employability by delivering a skilled workforce that will ensure the U.K.’s competitiveness in a global context. Placements are a proven mechanism for developing employability and, as such, this study aims to investigate the reasons behind students’ decisions to take a placement or nonplacement course. Based on a self-administered, online questionnaire completed by 71 placement and 117 non-placement students from three schools, the study explores the reasons why students take or do not take a placement course. Finally, recommendations are made for ways to overcome potential work placement barriers and to promote placements to students, parents, and academic tutors as well as to advertise the benefits of work-based learning for employability.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Work Placements; Motivations; Work-Based Learning; Student Employability
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Industrial Relations/HRM
Depositing User: Maria Balta
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2017 11:12 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 18:50 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/60920 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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