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ERIC Number: ED168639
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
The Role of the Cooperative Education Director in the Two-Year College.
Stull, William A.
In order to determine the actual and ideal role of the cooperative education director as perceived by the director, immediate supervisors, and faculty, a random sample was drawn from 474 two-year colleges with cooperative education programs. Responses were received from 73 directors (77%), 54 supervisors (84%), and 38 faculty members (66%). The questionnaire asked respondents to rank 44 role behavior activity statements in terms of their actual and ideal importance. In terms of the directors' actual role, it was found that supervisors believed that directors were more involved with recruitment and selection of employers than did directors; and that faculty perceived directors as emphasizing proposal preparation, attendance at meetings and conferences, and student assignment more than directors believed was the case. On 40 of the 44 activity statements, the three groups expressed similar ideas on ideal behavior; however, supervisors would ideally involve directors with employer evaluation, conducting surveys of prospective students, and with the affirmative action role more than the directors' perceptions indicated would be ideal. The mean ideal score was significantly higher than the mean actual score on 36 of the 44 activity statements, indicating that directors were not satisfied with their own performance; however, perceptions held by directors as to their ideal role may be unrealistic in terms of the amount of time available to the director. (MB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A