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Practice based learning in Higher Education


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A presentation by Pekka Kamarainen for the EU funded Euronet-PBL project.

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Practice based learning in Higher Education

  1. 1. Practice-Based Learning in Higher Education issues and questions for valorisation workshops <ul><li>Pekka Kämäräinen </li></ul><ul><li>Institut Technik & Bildung (ITB) </li></ul><ul><li>Universität Bremen </li></ul><ul><li>Bremen 27.5.2010 </li></ul>
  2. 2. Contents <ul><li>The project Euronet-PBL and its activities </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic options and key questions </li></ul><ul><li>The analyses: What do our findings tell? </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusions: What do we do with the results? </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Project Euronet-PBL <ul><li>Erasmus multilateral project 2008 – 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Six participating countries: Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Slovenia, Turkey </li></ul><ul><li>Three domains: Management, Engineering, Vocational teacher education </li></ul><ul><li>Web support & Internal evaluator </li></ul>
  4. 4. The activities of Euronet-PBL <ul><li>Case studies (students‘ Praktikum projects) </li></ul><ul><li>Stakeholder interviews (students, companies, …) </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation workshops (functioning of Praktika) </li></ul><ul><li>Comparisons (countries, domains, issues) </li></ul><ul><li>Common conclusions (Guidelines, Toolbox) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Strategic options <ul><li>Praktika: Integrated arrangements or marginal sideline activities? </li></ul><ul><li>Implementation: Negotiated projects or work experience placements? </li></ul><ul><li>Praktikum tasks: Subject-related tasks or random working? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Key questions <ul><li>Can Praktikum contribute to students‘ know-how? </li></ul><ul><li>Can Praktikum respond to companies‘ needs? </li></ul><ul><li>Can Praktikum projects promote real cooperation? </li></ul>
  7. 7. The analyses: What do our findings tell? <ul><li>Bremen: Students analyse companies‘ training issues and open prospects for cooperation </li></ul><ul><li>Sabanci: Students challenge companies‘ marketing strategies and propose new brands </li></ul><ul><li>Aalborg: Students analyse critical tensions in the middle of organisational change </li></ul>
  8. 8. The analyses: What do our findings tell? <ul><li>University of Limerick: Good service for students‘ Co-op placements - the role of faculties? </li></ul><ul><li>Akershus University College (HIAK): </li></ul><ul><li>Praksis placements not strongly integrated to studies </li></ul><ul><li>but the college can contribute to organisational learning in workplace (Florö). </li></ul>
  9. 9. Conclusions: What do we do with the results? <ul><li>Valorisation : Step to common conclusions </li></ul><ul><li>Guidelines : What kind of perspectives for home country, own domain and Europe? </li></ul><ul><li>Toolbox : What kind of tools, instruments and services can help us? </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Thank you! – Danke schön! – Takk! – Tack! – Kiitos! – Hvala! – Tesekkür ederim! </li></ul> for more information The Euronet-PBL Project is funded by &