A true Work-Based/Project-Based Learning experience combines academic and occupational training and assessment. Here are some key components:
- WBL is student/worker-centered, which means that students have input into what they are going to learn and how.
- Teachers/Supervisors are facilitators rather than dictators of each student’s process.
- Students develop a variety of skills as articulated in the SCANS Report (see attached).
- Basic Skills
- Thinking Skills
- Interpersonal Skills
- Workplace Competencies
- Academic content is integrated into occupational projects and/or classes.
- Students acquire a wide variety and range of skills that are transferable to whatever job(s) they choose in the future.
- Whereas industry-specific training is useful and important, the ultimate goal is preparation for all types of employment.
- Ideal work-based learning situations do not allow a student to develop or even master just one specific skill at the expense of other skills necessary to survive in the world of work.
- Students are extensively involved in their assessments.
- Students self-evaluate.
- Teachers/Supervisors and students work in conjunction to compare and contrast their perceptions of student progress.
- Evidence of each student’s work, progress and achievement is compiled and contained in a “living,” changing portfolio that stays with the student after the work-based learning experience. This portfolio should include any written documentation of performance and evaluation as well as photos or videos of what student accomplished.