Professional learning in the business curriculum: Engaging industry, academics and students

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Papadopoulos, Theo, Lawson, Romy, Faylor, Tracy, Fallshaw, Eveline and Zanko, Michael (2011) Professional learning in the business curriculum: Engaging industry, academics and students. Asian Social Science, 7 (4). pp. 61-68. ISSN 1911-2017


Professional Learning has become a feature of business curricula in universities around the world. The term “professional learning” (PL) is often used to encapsulate dimensions of educational programs that highlight contemporary industry issues explicitly linked to industry and professional bodies. PL encompasses the skills, qualities and attributes that are required by industry and the processes through which those skills are acquired. It encourages deep learning in relation to the student’s future profession, and includes industry engagement, work-integrated learning and authentic learning environments. This paper describes a typology of approaches to PL derived from a national study of good practices in business faculties in Australian universities. It identifies the enablers and impediments to the successful adoption of PL, and discusses the challenges associated with industry engagement in PL for academics, students and business organisations.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.5539/ass.v7n4p61
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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of International Business
Historical > FOR Classification > 1503 Business and Management
Historical > SEO Classification > 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Keywords ResPubID24533, career ready, work ready, graduate destination survey, Australian learning and teaching council, ALTC, industry placement, industry engagement
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