How Long is Short?: principles and practice in the delivery of work experience in geography

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ABSTRACT Some reflections are made on the principles underlying the design of the short-and-thin model of work experience at Middlesex University. Drawing on five years' experience of delivering this particular model, some of its advantages and disadvantages are identified, from the viewpoint of both students and employers. A number of broader issues are raised concerning the design of work experience and placements, including the credit rating of work-related modules on geography degree programmes, and the duration and periodicity of attendance at the external organisation by the student. It is concluded that many hidden assumptions underlie most curriculum innovations, and that these need to be made more explicit.

Keywords: MODULE CREDIT RATING; MODULE DURATION; SHORT-AND-THIN MODEL; WORK EXPERIENCE

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03098269886128

Publication date: March 1, 1998

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