The Influence of Work Placement on the Academic Achievement of Undergraduate Design Students

Ceschin, Fabrizio, Rakowski, Ryszard and de Vere, Ian (2017) The Influence of Work Placement on the Academic Achievement of Undergraduate Design Students. The Design Journal, 20 (2017/2). pp. 259-278. ISSN 1460-6925

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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 data-set 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 per cent 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.

Keywords:work placement, design education, academic achievement, academic performance, undergraduate students
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies
W Creative Arts and Design > W240 Industrial/Product Design
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Design
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Deposited On:21 Mar 2023 05:17

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