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Placement Overview

These researched articles and papers examine the use of placements in a general sense.  They show how the trend of Placement Learning has developed in education over the past 15 years.

Integrating Work-Based Learning into Higher Education
Good first port of call. General advocacy for work experience, discussion of it's increasing relevance in the wider policy in Higher Education and governmental priorities about lifelong learning and the knowledge economy. Takes case studies - the first being a work experience module, which bears a lot of similarities to our project.
Brennan, L. 2005.
http://www.uvac.ac.uk/downloads/0401_publications/int_wbl.pdf

Learning Through Work Placements and Beyond
Broad ranging and extensive study looking at higher education level work placements of varying lengths, primarily year long 'sandwich' placements. Majority of students were in the fields of Computer Science and Business, though some also in Social Sciences. Qualitative assessment of the value to the student, and relationship to broader learning career.
Little, B. and Harvey, L. 2006.
http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cre/Lee%20Brenda%20wbLearning.pdf

Work-based Learning: the implications for Higher Education and for supporting informal learning in the workplace
Clear narrative of the policy context and a rigorous examination of the difference of learning modalities between traditional academic, and work-based learning. Uses research of Eraut to suggest that only some types of informal learning can be incorporated into work-based learning programs, and argues that they mainly facilitate greater deliberative learning in the workplace. This is held to be a positive, in that the focus of learning is shifted from the local and specific to the general, creating a co-reinforcing relationship between formal and informal learning.
Gallacher, J. and Reeve, F. 2000.
http://www.open.ac.uk/lifelong-learning/papers/

Towards a Strategy for Workplace Learning
Report on general direction of workplace learning to Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). General thrust is support for and extension of current trends, and searching for new ways to integrate work-placed learning into higher education. Nuggets include accounts of why students value work-placed learning ('different', or even 'better' forms of learning), the decline in take-up for Sandwich years, and ways in which this could be reversed - amounting to good practice for placements. One section deals with the situation in other countries, and there is a call for an institution-wide approach to work-based learning.
Brennan, J. and Little, B. 2006.
http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/rdreports/2006/rd09_06/rd09_06.pdf