Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: The Influence of work placement on the academic achievement of undergraduate design students
Authors: Ceschin, F
Rakowski, R
De Vere, I
Keywords: Work placement;Design Education;Academic achievement;Academic performance;Undergraduate students
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Design Journal, (2016)
Abstract: The aim of this paper is to investigate the contribution of work placement in enhancing the academic performance of undergraduate design students. A statistical analysis was carried out on a population sample which comprised design students who had graduated at Brunel University London in four different academic years. All the required (anonymous) data were obtained from the university electronic records system. The dataset comprises a total of 411 students, of which 323 were placement students and 88 non-placement students. Students were also classified as higher achievers (students whose second year average mark was 60% or above) and lower achievers. The results seem to suggest that for both higher and lower achievers the placement experience enables students to achieve on average a greater final year mark and a greater improvement from the second to the final year. The study also established that these grade gains were of a similar magnitude irrespective of the students overall academic standing. Finally, the results of this study seem to suggest that the work placement experience give students a particular advantage in the final year project and in the modules characterized by design-focused assessment components.
ISSN: 1756-3062
Appears in Collections:Advanced Manufacturing and Enterprise Engineering (AMEE)

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
Fulltext.pdf830.79 kBAdobe PDFView/Open

Items in BURA are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.