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The proposal for this research project was developed in the context of the changing and future nature of work and the innovative role of learning organisations 'as clear institutional differentiation diminishes and learning and knowledge become possible in different contexts' (TSER WEX21C Research Team 1997). It was also the elusiveness of the true learning potential of work experience that led to the proposal to explore work experience as an informal (work-based) context for learning under the title of Work Experience as an Education and Training Strategy: New approaches for the 21st. century. Research partners were from the United Kingdom (UCL/Institute of Education, University of London), Sweden (Kristianstad University), Ireland (Dublin City University), Spain (University of València), Denmark (Copenhagen Business School) and Hungary (National Institute of Vocational Education).
The research has focused on the 16-19 age group and has examined the purpose, the assumptions about learning, the practice and outcomes of work experience in the light of changes in the European labour market and trends in workplace requirements and organisation. Innovative approaches to work experience have been analysed in a series of case studies and the methodology has involved researchers, enterprises and schools working together. Project papers and studies are listed in Annex III as the Technical Report and are being entered - through 'KnowNet' - on to a project database which will also provide access to other relevant material and increasing interactive capability.

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