Work-integrated learning (WIL): Developing an evidence-based support framework for international students
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Increasingly the health sector is facing workforce shortages which will be exacerbated by changing demographics with an aging population, and increased burden of chronic disease,,. It follows that industry partners should be keen to take students on WIL placements. However, the successful integration of international students in work placements is a new and challenging area which requires investigation, if we are to understand and effectively support this growing student population. This paper is one response to addressing this significant imperative. Griffith University's School of Public Health is increasingly attracting large numbers of international students who are looking for work experience. These cohorts occupy varying health disciplines (mainly medical), and consist of students from varying nationalities, cultures and with a broad range of communication skills. Many employers express some concern in regard to the successful integration of international students in the workplace. Research literature on international medical graduates (IMGs) has identified cultural and communication barriers which impede clinical training. In addition, it has been found that an overriding expectation from IMGs is that they will be 'taught' in the workplace. This view is further supported by research findings which suggest that experiential learning is influenced by previous learning experience as well as social, cultural and emotional factors. ,  This paper discusses a project plan which aims to develop, implement, evaluate and refine a preparation, monitoring and support framework for international students which is supported by educational theory and integrated into the WIL component of a 2-year Masters of Health Service Management program. The framework will apply aspects of experiential theory, self-reflective practice, self-regulated learning and blended learning. It will also be possible to adapt and apply the resources and processes developed in this project to deliver improved employment outcomes for other programs involving diverse cohorts of international students.
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