Project ID: PAR13-006
About the project
Knowing Practice is a study of practice-based learning across different occupations.
In the trades, practice-based learning is usually called “apprenticeship”. In information technology industries, it’s known as “cadetship”. In the later stages of formal learning in medicine, social work, and teaching, it’s “practicum” or vocational “immersion”.
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Practice-based learning foregrounds learning-by-doing and structured novice-to-expert progression while working. This approach is increasingly important around the world.
Education programmes are moving away from a simple alignment of “the theory” with classroom learning and “the practical” with work know-how.
Workplace learning experiences are now an important part of becoming a knowledgeable, skilled, and professional practitioner in all kinds of areas.
Our aim is to understand the way in which practice-based learning operates across three different occupational fields:
- GP medicine;
- building; and
The Knowing Practice project aims to find out how different knowledges are developed, organised, and used in practice-based programmes of learning so we can better understand:
- How learning arrangements can keep pace with the evolving challenges of occupational practice
- How learners integrate “the theory” and “the practical” when these are often resourced and sequenced separately from each other
- How workplace experiences could be more useful for learning, and employers could find learning opportunities while staying focused on the bottom line.
We plan to work across three different learning programmes:
1. Carpentry apprentices in managed apprenticeships with the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO)
2. Engineering cadets associated with Futureintech and the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ)
3. General Practice medicine registrars in the GPEP programme with the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP)
- Karen Vaughan, New Zealand Council for Educational Research (project leader)
- Linda Bonne, New Zealand Council for Educational Research
- Jan Eyre, New Zealand Council for Educational Research
- Sally Robertson, New Zealand Council for Educational Research
Project commenced: August 2013
Project completion: late 2015
Vaughan, K. (October 2014). PhD pilot internship programme. Guest speaker for the launch of the Pilot PhD Internship Programme, School of Graduate Studies and Career Development and Employment Centre, University of Auckland.
Bonne, L. (October 2014). The Textbook is Just the Textbook: How builders, GP doctors, and engineers are integrating theory and practice. Presentation at the NZ VET Research Forum 2014, Wellington.
Vaughan, K. (July 2014). Knowing practice: Builders, GPs and engineers in practice-based learning. Presentation at the Ako Aotearoa / Teaching and Learning Research Initiative Tertiary Research in Progress Colloquium IV, Wellington. (1.76Mb PPTx)
Vaughan, K. (May 2014). Knowing practice: Builders, GPs and engineers in practice-based learning. Pleanary presentation at the RNZCGP Education Convention 2014, Wellington.
Vaughan, K. (2014). Using the third area of capability for apprentices to develop. BCITO blog commentary for teams in Standards Leadership, Training Advisors, and Skills Brokers. (40.4 KB DOCX).
Knowing Practice is co-funded by Ako Aotearoa and by NZCER through its Purchase Agreement with the Ministry of Education.
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