Educational orientation and employer influenced pedagogy

David Devins, Reina Ferrández-Berrueco, Tauno Kekale, Dr Ruth Helyer and Dr Tony Wall
2015 Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning  
Purpose -This paper explores the relationship between educational orientation and employer influenced pedagogy and considers some implications for work-based learning (WBL) higher education (HE) policy and practice in Europe Design/Methodology/Approach -The paper draws on purposefully selected case studies to describe the key attributes of WBL related pedagogy associated with three HE programmes in Finland, Spain and the UK. Findings -The national regulatory environment has a key role to play
more » ... key role to play in issues associated with WBL pedagogy. The case studies also demonstrate a pluralistic approach to pedagogy and the key role that employers play in both providing regular intelligence to inform curriculum design and contributing to pedagogy. Research Limitations/Implications -The small number of case studies limits the opportunity for generalisation and the level of analysis masks subtle and interesting differentiations in pedagogy worthy of further exploration. Practical implications -The paper highlights implications for government to provide the vision and regulatory environment to encourage WBL and for universities and academics to design and implement innovative, pluralist pedagogies. Originality/value -The paper provides a new framework and a unique analysis of programme level case studies from three European countries
doi:10.1108/heswbl-03-2015-0010 fatcat:oammvt57ffhzblnwep25thbmti