Governments around the world are committed to enhancing students’ “graduateness”. Work-integrated learning (WIL) is one of the many programmes which Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) can develop to promote this facet of student life. The incorporation of work-integrated learning in curriculum design and development can produce reciprocal benefits for students, workplaces, professions and communities. Any curriculum design and development endeavour relating to WIL requires appropriate resources to support curriculum development.
This book serves to explore WIL programmes and experiences for the student, WIL coordinator and supervisor. It further integrates practical, relevant and reflective industry experience within the higher education curriculum to enhance student development. WIL has no uniformly or specific framework or approaches since it is an emerging field and is generally influenced by contextual factors. In view of the diversity in theory and practice and different purposes, whether pragmatic or practical, driving the adoption of one approach over another, this book highlight sthe diverse approaches that encapsulate WIL in South Africa.
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Nirmala Dorasamy is Full Professor in the Department of Public Management and Economics at Durban University of Technology, South Africa. Her research focuses on ethics and public sector management and governance. She is a local and international examiner and supervisor for postgraduate research, and is an accredited evaluator for EDTP and CHE and an editorial board member for several internationally acclaimed journals. She has authored resource material for the government and both local and international institutions of higher education, and has co-authored textbooks for senior secondary learners and books for higher education. She has been the recipient of several research awards and was successfully nominated for the international staff exchange in the Faculty of Regional Development at Mendel University, Czech Republic.Renitha Rampersad is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Management Sciences at Durban University of Technology, South Africa. Her specialist research areas include transformation in business, corporate social responsibility and HIV/AIDS, intercultural communication in business, and consumer protection legislation. She has authored several chapters in books and published in high impact journals and has presented at conferences on a local and international level. She has been involved in work integrated learning to facilitate the transition of undergraduates to the world of work, and is a member of the International Research Group (IRG) on WACE and currently reviews proposals for the WACE research grant. She has also been involved in national and international funded research projects focusing on the education of HIV and AIDS management in communities.