Students on the edge: stakeholder conceptions of diversity and inclusion and implications for access to work-integrated learning

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Abstract

Not all students can access and fully participate in the placement model of work-integrated learning (WIL)(Mackaway, Winchester-Seeto & Carter, 2014). In an environment where the student cohort is growing in its diversity, and universities are making increasing use of WIL as a strategy to prepare ‘job ready’ graduates, this problem of accessibility is concerning. While partner organizations (employers) are critical to the delivery of WIL, little is known about the part they play in relation to this problem. Drawing on organizational psychologist Edgar Schein’s (2010) work on workplace culture, this Australian based study examines 138 publically available documents from a range of organizations and industries to gain insights in organizational attitudes and beliefs regarding issues of diversity and inclusion, and to consider implications for student accessibility to WIL. Using thematic analysis, findings indicate two dominant ideological positions inform organizational engagement with diversity and inclusion. These findings suggest some workplace cultures maybe predisposed to providing WIL placements in more inclusive ways. The study highlights the need for further research in this area, particularly the role of the individual employee in relation to student accessibility.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationRefereed Proceedings of the 2nd International Research Symposium on Cooperative and Work-Integrated Education, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Place of PublicationVictoria, Canada
PublisherWorld Association for Cooperative Education (WACE)
Pages105-114
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780473361686
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventInternational Research Symposium on Cooperative and Work-Integrated Education (2nd : 2016) - Victoria, Canada
Duration: 12 Jun 201615 Jun 2016

Conference

ConferenceInternational Research Symposium on Cooperative and Work-Integrated Education (2nd : 2016)
CityVictoria, Canada
Period12/06/1615/06/16

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Keywords

  • accessibility
  • equity
  • workplace culture
  • work-integrated learning

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Mackaway, J. (2016). Students on the edge: stakeholder conceptions of diversity and inclusion and implications for access to work-integrated learning. In Refereed Proceedings of the 2nd International Research Symposium on Cooperative and Work-Integrated Education, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (pp. 105-114). Victoria, Canada: World Association for Cooperative Education (WACE).
Mackaway, Jacqueline. / Students on the edge : stakeholder conceptions of diversity and inclusion and implications for access to work-integrated learning. Refereed Proceedings of the 2nd International Research Symposium on Cooperative and Work-Integrated Education, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Victoria, Canada : World Association for Cooperative Education (WACE), 2016. pp. 105-114
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Mackaway, J 2016, Students on the edge: stakeholder conceptions of diversity and inclusion and implications for access to work-integrated learning. in Refereed Proceedings of the 2nd International Research Symposium on Cooperative and Work-Integrated Education, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. World Association for Cooperative Education (WACE), Victoria, Canada, pp. 105-114, International Research Symposium on Cooperative and Work-Integrated Education (2nd : 2016), Victoria, Canada, 12/06/16.

Students on the edge : stakeholder conceptions of diversity and inclusion and implications for access to work-integrated learning. / Mackaway, Jacqueline.

Refereed Proceedings of the 2nd International Research Symposium on Cooperative and Work-Integrated Education, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Victoria, Canada : World Association for Cooperative Education (WACE), 2016. p. 105-114.

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Mackaway J. Students on the edge: stakeholder conceptions of diversity and inclusion and implications for access to work-integrated learning. In Refereed Proceedings of the 2nd International Research Symposium on Cooperative and Work-Integrated Education, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Victoria, Canada: World Association for Cooperative Education (WACE). 2016. p. 105-114