Mr Frank Lyons
Mr Frank Lyons is the Director of the Foundation Direct Faculty at the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom (UK). The faculty was opened last year to help working people obtain university degrees without having to give up their jobs. He has been developing work-based learning at the university of Portsmouth since 1990, including foundation, bachelors and masters degrees. He previously taught sociology at the university for more than 20 years. He has also provided consultation to many UK universities enabling them to establish their own work-based schemes and has become known internationally for his work. While in Australia he addressed staff and students during lectures and interviews at Fraser Coast, Springfield and Toowoomba USQ campuses.
Lecture - Integrating work knowledge within the curriculum
From the University's perspective the knowledge required for work and employability is often seen as an applied version of the 'pure' knowledge learned by students within the University with added employability skills. Working knowledge produced through practice in offices, industry, research centres, etc is produced in the context in which it is use, is trans-disciplinary, messy and complex and often contested, as rarely is there an authoritative source to define it. It is learned through "situated" activities and to be work ready students need to experience this, the place where discovery and learning are not separated. Integrating work knowledge within the curriculum suggests some familiar and some new pedagogic practices. Based on his experiences in the development of work-based learning degrees for adult learners at Foundation, Bachelors and Masters levels Frank will illustrate some work integrating approaches to learning, teaching and assessment.
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Integrating work knowledge within the curriculum
Work-based learning expert addresses students
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