What makes a good student placement

recognising the importance of people

Anna Rowe, Theresa Winchester-Seeto

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    Abstract

    Student placements have a long history in higher education. Despite the documented benefits of placements and work-integrated learning more broadly, there is very little scholarship addressing multiple stakeholders' perspectives on placement quality. Thirty-seven stakeholders (university staff, students and host supervisors) were asked to describe the top three things that, in their view, made a good student placement. Responses were thematically analysed using a grounded theory approach. Student skills and attributes, host attributes and supervision, relationships and communication, and matching and alignment (relating to expectations and stakeholder needs) were key areas identified. Results clearly show that people factors, particularly hosts and students, are perceived to be the most important in making a good placement. Practical and research implications are discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationOur university, our future
    Subtitle of host publicationselected research from Learning and Teaching Week 2013
    EditorsTheresa Winchester-Seeto, Elizabeth Shoostovian, Vanessa Fredericks
    Place of PublicationNorth Ryde, NSW
    PublisherMacquarie University
    Pages32-37
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Print)9781741384024
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    EventOur University, Our Future : Celebrating Learning and Teaching 2013 - North Ryde, NSW
    Duration: 16 Sep 201320 Sep 2013

    Conference

    ConferenceOur University, Our Future : Celebrating Learning and Teaching 2013
    CityNorth Ryde, NSW
    Period16/09/1320/09/13

    Keywords

    • higher education
    • student placements
    • qualitative research
    • stakeholder perceptions
    • work-integrated learning

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    Rowe, A., & Winchester-Seeto, T. (2014). What makes a good student placement: recognising the importance of people. In T. Winchester-Seeto, E. Shoostovian, & V. Fredericks (Eds.), Our university, our future: selected research from Learning and Teaching Week 2013 (pp. 32-37). North Ryde, NSW: Macquarie University.