ERIC Number: ED172663
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
National Assessment of Cooperative Education Training.
Brown, Sylvia J.; Wilson, James W.
An in-depth assessment of cooperative (co-op) education training programs is presented. For the purposes of this research, cooperative education is defined as work and school experiences designed to complement each other. Five questions are addressed: (1) Are the training programs teaching the right things? (2) Is the training being done competently? (3) What are the outcomes of training? (4) Is training reaching the people who need it? and (5) What does training cost? Data were collected from the training directors of 16 workshops that were funded by federal grants to improve instruction in cooperative education. Questionnaires were also completed by training program participants, training program faculty, employers of co-op students, and co-op personnel who had never participated in training programs. Results indicate that: co-op education training workshops should concentrate on participant outcomes and learning objectives, the workshop faculty are competent, and more workshops for experienced co-op educators should be offered. Significant outcomes of the workshops included: a better understanding of the role of the co-op coordinator, knowledge of the benefits of co-op for employers, opportunities to meet with colleagues involved in co-op education, and increased knowledge of the relationship of co-op education to career education. Recommendations for pre-workshop needs assessment, the workshop program, and post-workshop activities are provided as well as general recommendations and ideas on the role of the U.S. Office of Education in co-op education. The survey instruments and tabulated results are appended. (BH)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Cooperative Education, Cooperative Programs, Cost Effectiveness, Experiential Learning, Faculty Development, Federal Aid, Federal Programs, Government Role, Higher Education, Instructional Innovation, Outcomes of Education, Program Development, Questionnaires, School Business Relationship, Work Experience Programs, Workshops
Cooperative Education Research Center, Northeastern University, Boston, MA 02115
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
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Authoring Institution: Northeastern Univ., Boston, MA. Cooperative Education Research Center.