Integrating Professional Learning Experiences Across University and Practice Settings

  • Stephen BillettEmail author
  • Sarojni Choy
Part of the Springer International Handbooks of Education book series (SIHE)


This chapter identifies and discusses the educational benefits of providing and integrating experiences in practice settings within tertiary education programs. It does so by adopting a broad curriculum perspective and focussing on developing the capacities required for effective professional practice. These capacities are now of growing importance as, in many countries with advanced industrial economies, higher education provisions are directed towards specific occupational outcomes. The provision and integration of practice-based experiences are seen as a way of securing that goal. Indeed, there are now growing expectations that higher education institutions will provide these experiences in preparing students who will be ready to proceed smoothly into their selected occupations upon graduation. A concern here is to identify an alignment between student experiences in educational institutions and those in practice-settings. This chapter explores ways in which these alignments can be considered and secured.


Integration of learning experiences Higher education Practice-based experiences Work integrated learning Professional education Preparing students for work experiences 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Education and Professional Studies, Adult and Vocational EducationGriffith UniversityBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.School of Education and Professional StudiesGriffith UniversityBrisbaneAustralia

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