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Title: Work-based learning, technology enhanced learning and reflection : the case of Open University students
Author: Murray , Neil
Awarding Body: Open University
Current Institution: Open University
Date of Award: 2013
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The research reported in this thesis investigates the attitudes of Open University (OU) students towards work-based learning (WBL) and reflection in learning and practice. It also seeks to evaluate the potential of educational technologies to support work-based learning and reflection . • The research was carried out using a mixed methods approach, which yielded data amenable to both quantitative and qualitative analysis. The methods used to collect data consisted of an electronic survey sent to 788 OU work-based learners and follow-up telephone interviews conducted with 10 learners selected from I amongst the 200 who responded to the survey. The paradigm of pragmatism informed the research design, data collection and analysis. The findings of the research suggested that: • OU students derive motivation by participating in WBL and could see its relevance and benefits to their personal, academic and career development. • OU students had an understanding of the key concepts associated with I reflection, although this understanding tended to focus on the dimension of reflection concerned with looking back at experience and learning from it rather than on surfacing tacit knowledge . • Most work-based learners saw the value of using reflective techniques' to' help them to integrate work and study and to improve performance. • Although the more established technologies of email and online discussion forums were the predominant for both work and study
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Ed.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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