The tutoring services provider: Authentic learning for an unknown future at work

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Research and Development in Higher Education: Learning for an Unknown Future Vol. 26

July, 2003, 692 pages
Published by
Helen Mathews and Rod McKay
ISBN
0 90 8557 55 8
Abstract 

This paper addresses the expectations of students and governments that university study will prepare graduates for an unknown future at work. It describes a tutorial agency, the Tutoring Services Provider (TSP), which was developed as part of a wider, work-based learning project at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia. This project was informed by authentic learning pedagogy and sought to enhance the generic skills required for students to work effectively in an uncertain future. The paper reflects the action learning framework of the project and draws lessons from what went right and what went wrong. It demonstrates how authentic learning may be put into practice through the appropriate design of assignments and explores possible future directions for similar projects.

Key Words: Authentic learning; work-based learning; generic skills.

The tutoring services provider: Authentic learning for an unknown future at work

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