1 Central University of Technology (SOUTH AFRICA)
2 University of the Free State (SOUTH AFRICA)
About this paper:
Appears in: EDULEARN15 Proceedings
Publication year: 2015
Page: 358 (abstract only)
ISBN: 978-84-606-8243-1
ISSN: 2340-1117
Conference name: 7th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 6-8 July, 2015
Location: Barcelona, Spain
With the enforced inclusion of work-integrated learning (WIL) as a structured part of many qualifications in South Africa (SA) since 2007, this research study provides valuable information regarding the use of new teaching technologies in the delivery of WIL in Radiography training in SA. The aim of this study was to conduct a critical analysis of the current practices in the delivery of WIL at universities offering Radiography training in SA. This analysis was done to identify strengths and weaknesses in the current practice of WIL in Radiography training with the intention to optimize the delivery of radiographic services by training work-ready graduates.

To provide the necessary information on the perceptions of and current practices for work-integrated learning, semi-structured questionnaires were used. Three different questionnaires were circulated to three different groups of participants. Information from literature together with the results from the questionnaire survey were used to develop an education and training programme for WIL (which was also the ultimate goal of the study) in Radiography in SA.

The results from the investigation showed some strong areas in the delivery of WIL, but also highlighted some areas where shortcomings do exist, such as the utilization of new teaching technologies to facilitate and assess WIL. The newly developed learning programme for WIL thus focuses on stimulating the use of new teaching technologies in the delivery of WIL at the university while at the same time endeavoring to shift the current focus on workplace learning as the most important learning mode in the delivery of WIL to other learning modes such as work-directed theoretical learning, problem-based learning and project-based learning. In addition, the new learning programme promotes the development of generic skills (graduate attributes) as part of the WIL curriculum in Radiography training.

The newly developed learning programme will assist educationists who are currently re-curriculating their learning programmes from a three year Diploma- to a four year Bachelor degree qualification in Radiography.
Work-integrated learning, learning modes, new teaching technologies.