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Delivering Quality WIL Without Compromising Wellbeing: Exploring Staff and Student Wellbeing in a WIL Context Through the Lens of Organisational Health

Abstract

Recent scholarship has highlighted the need to be attentive to the student experience of placement-based work-integrated learning and its possible impacts on the wellbeing of student participants. The experiences of staff involved in planning, delivering and supporting work-integrated learning programs and the impact on their wellbeing have received less attention. Using data from a survey conducted at an elite Australian university, this article explores staff perspectives on, and experiences of, work-integrated learning. Through the theoretical lens of organisational health, this article proposes key contributors to ensuring quality learning outcomes for students without comprising the wellbeing of staff. These include conducting realistic workload assessments and providing staffing and allocating workload in line with these; providing appropriate training, staff recognition and reward, and employment which recognises work-integrated learning as a specialist skillset; and resourcing skilled administrative support and technological systems.

Published: 2023-12-11
Pages:78 to 91
Section:Articles
How to Cite
Grant-Smith, D., & Feldman, A. (2023). Delivering Quality WIL Without Compromising Wellbeing: Exploring Staff and Student Wellbeing in a WIL Context Through the Lens of Organisational Health. Student Success, 14(3), 78-91. https://doi.org/10.5204/ssj.2812

Author Biographies

Queensland University of Technology
Australia Australia

Professor Deanna Grant-Smith is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Decent Work & Industry at Queensland University of Technology. She researches decent work and exploitative work practices in the context of work-integrated learning and education-to-employment transitions.

Queensland University of Technology
Australia Australia

Alicia Feldman is a Senior Research Assistant and PhD candidate based in the Centre for Decent Work & Industry in the QUT Business School, Queensland University of Technology. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Biology)/ Bachelor Business (Management) and a Master of Philosophy.

Open Access Journal
ISSN 2205-0795