F3-PRO3-1 - Literature Review on Work-Based Learning

3. Research Full Paper
Kristina Murtazin1 , Oleg Shvets1, Gunnar Piho1
1 Kristina Murtazin

Work-based learning is a teaching and learning method which requires students to go through practical training. In work-based learning, also employers are responsible for teaching as well as evaluation of the students. Students learn theory at the university and apply these academic and technical skills at their working place.

This full paper aims to provide a literature review on how work-based learning is organised and implemented in engineering curricula. It also aims to find out the possible factors which are influential in work-based learning and to get information on how to provide work-based learning more effectively. We followed the guidelines for systematic literature reviews by Kitchenham and Charters [1] and asked the following research questions: RQ1: What are the problems faced by faculty and universities in conducting work-based learning? RQ2: What is the student motivation to join work-based learning programmes? RQ3: How the companies are involved and how the universities are organising the training of the company's work-based mentors? RQ4: What is the main model of work-based learning in universities? RQ5: What are the benefits (real or perceived) of work-based learning?

According to the selection criteria, 42 papers on work-based learning in engineering curricula published from 2008 to 2018, were selected for the final review and conclusions.