Introduction: Section B CATHERINE A . SIMON
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So far we have outlined the theoretical and practical aspects of work-based learning in the context of education studies. This next section of the book explores in more depth the lived experiences of students engaged in work-based learning in a broad range of educational settings. Through a series of case studies we consider the nature and purpose of placements in different contexts and the issues these raise for undergraduates and their tutors. Examples are drawn from both local and international placement experiences, and extend across a broad range of educational settings. Central to the case studies which follow is the student and their experiences of negotiating the various roles of academic learner, pre-professional and active practitioner in the workplace. These experiences can be summarised in terms of challenge, change and collegiality.