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ERIC Number: ED185326
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Collaboration in Experiential Education: A Profile of Participant Expectations.
Wasson, Louise E.; And Others
To identify motivations and expectations regarding experiential education programs, a study interviewed 143 individuals from five participant groups. High school students, program coordinators, secondary principals, employers/sponsors, and parents involved in eighteen experiential programs in four states (Ohio, California, Florida, and Massachusetts) were interviewed. Programs ranged from alternative schools which offered optional community activities to service learning programs, to Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) youth programs. Although some students were paid and some received academic credit, all programs offered young people the opportunity for a structured learning experience in a workplace setting. Results of the interview data revealed seven areas of conflicting expectations: pay, recruitment, support for programs, quality of learning, graduation credit for experiences, creation of placements, and appropriate scheduling. Although respondents generally expressed positive attitudes, each constituency brings to program participation a unique set of problems and needs. Learners and their parents are convinced of the value of experiential education; employers/sponsors are also, as long as organizational efficiency and productivity are not compromised; and school administrators are interested in experiential education as a means of addressing building problems and community expectations. (Author/MEK)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Cooperative Programs, Coordination, Employer Attitudes, Expectation, Experiential Learning, High Schools, Interviews, Motivation, Parent Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Work Experience Programs
National Center Publications, The National Center for Research in Vocational Education, The Ohio State University, 1960 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210 ($5.10)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.
Note: For related documents see CE 024 777, CE 024 779-780 and CE 025 119. Some small print may be marginally legible.