- 京都大学高等教育研究 (ISSN:13414836)
- vol.15, pp.47-58, 2009-12-01
This article describes a project for developing a work-based learning module called 'University-Corporate Partnership Learning' in a Master's degree programme, and explores its general implications for postgraduate education for professionals in the dialogue between practical and academic knowledge. The project is part of the government-funded initiative by Kumamoto University's Graduate School of Instructional Systems, which has been selected and funded by Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology as one of the good practices in postgraduate education. This graduate school is the first in Japan to provide postgraduate degree programmes for training e-learning professionals in both the corporate and education sectors. The pilot practice of the module ran from November 2008 to March 2009, with the module's official launch as a formal part of the Master's degree programme to be from October 2009 to March 2010. Based on a description of the project and formative evaluations of the pilot practice, the article examines the possibilities and conditions for successful postgraduate education for professionals in the dialogue between practical and academic knowledge.