MERC Publications

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Date of Submission

December 2023


This literature review by the Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium (MERC) and Institute for Collaborative Research and Evaluation (ICRE), in partnership with the Virginia Talent + Opportunity Partnership (V-TOP) and State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) explores work-based learning and its implications for PK-12 institutions, institutions of higher education, and hosting organizations (e.g. employers). The report also provides background information about the foundations of work-based learning and concludes with a series of recommendations for practice, policy, and future research related to work-based learning. There is also an accompanying podcast episode where report authors discuss the key takeaways with partners from V-TOP and SCHEV.

Recommended Citation

Naff, D., Corning, A., Ellison, M., Sumrell, A., Sahin Ilkorkor, Z., Murphy, J., & Cross, C. (2023). Understanding the implications of work-based learning for students, PK-12 school systems, institutions of higher education, and hosting organizations. Richmond, VA: Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium.

Is Part Of

VCU MERC Publications



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