Work based learning as a conduit to business creativity in Australia

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Baker, Shayne D., Cathcart, Malcolm and Peach, Neil. 2017. "Work based learning as a conduit to business creativity in Australia." 20th Annual AVETRA Annual Conference: Renovate or Rebuild?: Exploring the Architecture of VET. Melbourne, Australia 18 - 20 Apr 2017 Australia.
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Work based learning as a conduit to business creativity in Australia

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsBaker, Shayne D. (Author), Cathcart, Malcolm (Author) and Peach, Neil (Author)
Journal or Proceedings TitleAVETRA 2017 Final Program and Abstract Book
Number of Pages1
Year2017
Place of PublicationAustralia
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttps://www.avetra.org.au/data/Conference_Archive_2017/AVETRA2017_ProgramBook-Web-Final-2.pdf
Conference/Event20th Annual AVETRA Annual Conference: Renovate or Rebuild?: Exploring the Architecture of VET
Event Details
20th Annual AVETRA Annual Conference: Renovate or Rebuild?: Exploring the Architecture of VET
Event Date
18 to end of 20 Apr 2017
Event Location
Melbourne, Australia
Abstract

The knowledge economy is compelling business leaders to adopt creative approaches to become and remain relevant and competitive. Business has the opportunity to use many of the learnings from art and philosophy in order to effectively respond to this situation. This article takes insights from creative artists and thinkers such as Dante, Yeats, Chomsky and TS Eliot and connects them with contemporary developments in professional learning, practice and reflection (with particular reference to the work of Hager et al., (2012) Kemmis et al., (2012) and Boud et al., (2006). The purpose of these connections is to illustrate the value of an emergent approach to tertiary education known as work based learning. The article is a departure from traditional views of work-based learning as it suggests that work based learning is a creative and innovative response that builds capability for both individuals and organisations. Within this context, significance is afforded through reflective practice. Whilst reflection is more associated with thinkers and artists than business leaders, it is an important skill in contemporary business settings. The authors argue that effective professional reflective practice draws the different elements of contemporary work based learning into a cohesive strategy for building higher levels of individual and organisational capability.

Keywordswork based learning; workplace learning; reflective practice; professional practice; negotiated curriculum
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390308. Technical, further and workplace education
390115. Work integrated learning (incl. internships)
390305. Professional education and training
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Arts and Communication
Middlesex University London, United Kingdom
School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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