The Skills Framework for the Information Age as a Means for Investigating Work-Integrated Learning

Dale MACKRELL, Miraj Mhaisuria, Craig MCDONALD

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This paper reports on a pilot study using the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) as a means for examining interns’ roles in the workplace, the skills they utilise or lack, and their levels of preparedness and capability. Data was collected and analysed in two ways. Firstly, interns responded to a survey questionnaire where their experiences were classified using SFIA. Secondly, interns’ journals and reports which contain reflective content were analysed to delve more deeply into aspects of work-integrated learning (WIL) identified from the survey. The findings suggest that interns are generally placed in areas suited to their university experience; nevertheless, there are gaps between what the interns learn at university and what they require in industry. This study makes contributions to literature and in proposing a method for investigating the alignment between the academic preparation of interns and the expectations of technology intensive organisations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 24th Australasian Conference on Information Systems
EditorsProfessor Hepu Deng, Professor Craig Standing
Place of PublicationMelbourne
PublisherRMIT University
ISBN (Print)9780992449506
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventAustralasian Conference on Information Systems: Information Systems, Transforming the Future, ACIS 2013 - RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 4 Dec 20136 Dec 2013


ConferenceAustralasian Conference on Information Systems
Abbreviated titleACIS 2013


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