ERIC Number: ED126029
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Impact of Cooperative Education upon Personal Development and Growth of Values: Final Report to the Braitmayer Foundation.
Wilson, James W.
Interviews were conducted with 456 Northeastern University liberal arts undergraduate students to ascertain their perceptions of personal change due to college experiences, career attitudes and expectations, social and humanistic attitudes, and student voluntary activities. Two-hundred and ninety-three of the students had either participated or planned to participate in the cooperative education program. The remaining 163 students had neither participated nor planned to participate in the program. These students served as a control group. The output data indicates: (1) that cooperative education students in contrast to others perceive greater personal change since entering college, particularly in the area of career development; (2) there is a consistent and clear trend within the cooperative education group to perceive greater personal change as they progress; (3) the most important agent of change for both groups was perceived to be general maturity, with work experience becoming increasingly important for the upperclass cooperative education student; (4) as freshmen, more cooperative students were unsure of their career goals; (5) cooperative students put a high priority on career establishment and, by contrast, the noncooperative students put a high priority on personal well-being; (6) the attitudes of both samples of students towards people is generally positive; and (7) although the social and humanistic attitudes of the cooperative students are similar to their noncooperative peers they evidence more conservative, cautious, and prudent judgment. The overall evidence is that the cooperative work experience has a considerable impact upon student development during the college years, particularly in the area of career development. Interview questions are listed in an appendix. (DMT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Braitmayer Foundation, Boston, MA.
Authoring Institution: Northeastern Univ., Boston, MA. Center for Cooperative Education.