Using practice-based education to improve the student experience

Deborah Clarke, Carol Burgess

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Practice-based education (PBE) is an invaluable experience as it offers students an essential bridge between the conceptual tools gained in a university classroom and the realities that occur in the social and physical context of the workplace (Clifford, Macy, Albi, Bricker &Rahn, 2005). The rationale for PBE at Charles Sturt University (CSU) is to enhance the student experience and ensure 'work-ready' graduates. As a Teaching Fellow seconded to CSU's Education for Practice Institute (EFPI), this research used a document analysis(Maykut & Morehouse, 1994) of course profiles, subject outlines, assessment descriptions and field observation notes to identify guiding principles that inform the design of practice based education in three purposively selected case studies. The case studies represented undergraduate courses that demonstrated quality practice, represented traditional and new approaches to implementing PBE, were on various CSU campuses, and were in different Schools and Faculties. The results of the research are significant as these guiding principles can be extrapolated to other CSU courses and tertiary institutions who offer their students PBE opportunities to enhance the student experience.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHERDSA 2009
Subtitle of host publicationStudent experience
Place of PublicationPO Box 27, Milperra, NSW 2214, Australia
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventHigher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Annual Conference - Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Australia
Duration: 06 Jul 200909 Jul 2009


ConferenceHigher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Annual Conference


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