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Eileen Knight, a Human Resources Management Lecturer at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus has spent her entire career either working as a Human Resources (HR) Practitioner, HR ...
Eileen Knight, a Human Resources Management Lecturer at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus has spent her entire career either working as a Human Resources (HR) Practitioner, HR Consultant or teaching the HR discipline. In order to accomplish this, she has worked in over five countries and across six industries. She has also served as Director on a
number of Canadian corporate and non-profit organizational Boards. As a trained Organization and Methods Analyst, Eileen has conducted many Organizational Studies and Operational
Audits during her career. She is presently focused on enhancing the practice of Strategic Human Resources Management in the Caribbean Region.
PRESENTATION SUMMARY – Walking the walk with our Graduates …from students to Human Resources Practitioners
“As the world changes, expectations for education also shift. The nature of schooling must follow suit. Research in the past 30 years has proven that the current model of schooling no
longer adequately meets the needs” (Willms et al, 2009) of employers, “In the past the measure of an “educated person” was largely based on what they knew; now, the value of learning
is measured by, what students are able to do with what they know” (Gilbert, 2007)
This presentation will discuss the impact of co-operative educational approach to teaching with the use of four piloted Human Resources Management (HRM) based programs offered
at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. “One of the most distinctive characteristics of co-operative learning and perhaps the reason for its success is the close relationship
between theory, research and practice” (D.W. Johnson, 2007), therefore the programs are geared towards bridging the gap between the theoretical concepts of HRM and its practical application in a corporate setting. During the discussion, the findings and benefits of the programs (to all stakeholders involved namely, UWI, the employers and the Students) will be highlighted and evaluated