General

Adapt at Work is a practice-based research project in higher education. A consortium of universities and universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands is investigating WBL environments in bachelor and master programmes, with a focus on developing the adaptive expertise (AE) of prospective professionals.

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Work package 1: Scoping review into the development of adaptive expertise

The scoping review aims to systematically review the literature on the development of adaptive expertise.

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Work package 2: Realist review on educational interventions

This literature study aims to answer the question of which educational interventions support learners in developing adaptive expertise during workplace learning in a higher education context, under which circumstances, how, and why.

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Work package 3: Development of methodology for the case studies.

Based on a realist approach (Pawson & Tilley, 1997), this work package envisages a research design for comparative case studies (work package 4) and cross-case analyses (work package 5), based among other things on the results of work packages 1 and 2.

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Work package 4: Execution of individual case studies

The second research year will largely be devoted to describing and comparing the educational innovations introduced, based on the results of work packages 1-3.

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Work package 5: Cross-case analyses

In the third year of the project we intend to set up three comparative studies on themes emerging from the previous work packages.

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Work package 6: Meta-analysis, evaluation and final reporting

At the end of the research programme, we anticipate a work package focused on summary and final report. For the time being, the project coordinators will take care of this work package.

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Work package 7: Valorisation

With work package 7 we want to organise permanent attention for valorisation outside the consortium (fellow institutions for higher education; professional groups; student and alumni organisations) and for the applicability of the results for improving higher education.

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