Work-based learning (WBL) is an instructional method that links work experience with school-based instruction to prepare students for both college and career by
- promoting and developing critical thinking;
- fostering social and psychological development; and
- enhancing career- and workplace-related knowledge.
High-quality WBL enhances students’ understanding of classroom theory through participation in its application in the work environment. It gives students the opportunity to engage meaningfully with the work experience and to take responsibility for their learning.
NOTE: WBL should not be confused with “workplace" or "worksite" learning, which refer to any form of learning that occurs at a worksite.
Sunlake High School student, Brandon Gould, is learning about electrical engineering by interning at SEL Engineering, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories as part of a CTE WBL program.
It’s important to understand what WBL is not. Two terms that some people confuse with WBL are work release and work-study programs.
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Click each group below to see the benefits for students and employers.
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Let's see if you remember what WBL is and what it is not.
Identify the description on each flashcard below as either
- work release, or