ERIC Number: ED171992
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Feasibility of Cooperative Education at B.C.I.T. [British Columbia Institute of Technology].
Parikh, V. M.
To examine the feasibility of introducing a program of cooperative education at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), a task force assessed the problems encountered by other institutions which have introduced cooperative education. Attention was given to the support that might be expected for cooperative education among students, faculty, and employers. The committee considered the impact which cooperative education will have on course scheduling, labor/management relations, student supervision, departmental responsibilities, and resource use. The task force also examined the applicability of different models of cooperative education and the rate of implementation. The committee found that the introduction of cooperative education would require achievable changes in program scheduling, faculty working conditions, organizational structure, and resource allocation. It was concluded that several patterns of cooperative education, and in particular one in which periods of work experience are alternated with terms of classroom instruction, would be practical at BCIT. Recommendations supported cooperative education, suggested dates for implementation, and offered guidelines for dealing with the implications of the program. (Survey forms, plans for implementation, a sample training plan record, and articles relating to cooperative education are appended.) )LRA)
Descriptors: Community Programs, Cooperative Education, Cooperative Programs, Coordinators, Cost Effectiveness, Employer Attitudes, Faculty Workload, Feasibility Studies, Occupational Information, Organization, Postsecondary Education, Program Attitudes, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Resource Allocation, Scheduling, School Business Relationship, School Schedules, Student Attitudes, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Work Experience Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Inst. of Technology, Burnaby, Directed Study Centre.
Identifiers - Location: Canada