ERIC Number: ED067034
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jun
Study of the Effectiveness of a Cooperative Education Program.
Army Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, AL.
This study was conducted to determine what needs to be done to make work assignments for student trainees in a cooperative education program at the U.S. Army Missile Command interesting and challenging enough to assure the maximum retention of these students as full-time employees when they graduate. A questionnaire and evaluation form was devised and distributed to 79 of the student trainees at all levels of the program. The form was designed to elicit: (1) the relationship between work assignments and the academic phases of the program; (2) the level of work assignments; (3) the students' relationships with supervisors and co-workers; (4) the students' knowledge of the Redstone Arsenal complex and the U.S. Army Missile Command's organizational mission assignments; (5) attitudes of students toward the cooperative program; and (6) students' plans for the future, specifically, immediately after graduation. It was found that (1) nearly half of the students felt that the work needed to be more related to classroom study; (2) one-third of the students do not find their work interesting or challenging; (3) students seem to feel the supervisors are poorly organized in relation to their jobs and that co-workers are more helpful in transmitting knowledge; (4) students' knowledge of the mission assignments and complex seems to be minimal; (5) students seem to be generally satisfied with the cooperative program; and (6) fewer students were planning to stay at the Redstone Arsenal after graduation than hoped for. (HS)
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Authoring Institution: Army Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, AL.