The use of English literature in the context of work-based learning - a pedagogic case study

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Eastman, C. 2013. The use of English literature in the context of work-based learning - a pedagogic case study. Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning. 3 (1), pp. 62-72. https://doi.org/10.1108/20423891311295000
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TitleThe use of English literature in the context of work-based learning - a pedagogic case study
AuthorsEastman, C.
Abstract

Although Work Based Learning draws upon theoretical roots from a variety of sources, the practice of Work Based Learning has been typically drawn from disciplines such as health, business and education. Yet the concepts in Work Based Learning, for example, an intense focus on developing intellectual skills such as critical reflection, could conceivably encompass other disciplines. With this in mind, I formulated a course which drew deeply from English literature while using the reflective approach inherent in Work Based Learning. I intend to present a case study of this specific course in the context of a Work Based Learning curriculum. I will present the rationale for adopting this literature based approach and an analysis of the student experience. I hope to demonstrate that the pedagogic model that I developed sits comfortably within a Work Based Learning programme and the benefits of a protean programme which is able to encompass and embrace core aspects of a traditional discipline such as English are self-evident: appreciating the expressive resources of literature, fostering sensitivity to the affective power of language, encouraging a sophisticated interrogation into a literary culture and harnessing the power of reflection being among the many advantages to such an approach. My intention is to persuade curriculum developers that the aims of incorporating English literature, particularly in the concern with developing a responsive openness of mind, could and perhaps should be a part of any Work Based Learning programme.

Research GroupWork and Learning Research Centre
LanguageEnglish
PublisherEmerald
JournalHigher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning
ISSN2042-3896
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Print15 Feb 2013
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Deposited09 Sep 2015
Accepted01 Jan 2013
Output statusPublished
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1108/20423891311295000
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84874270037
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