ERIC Number: ED235171
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar-23
Reference Count: 0
How It Happened: An Analysis of Curriculum in an Internship Site.
Tipper, Margaret O.
An intensive case study was conducted of one high school student's internship in an effort to determine the organizing principles that created the internship curriculum. A junior in the School for Extended Learning received high school credit for serving an internship at the Community Video Center (CVC), a non profit organization offering video instruction and services to the community. Data was gathered through observation of the student's activities and interviews with the school and site supervisors. The formal curricular document for the experience was a Learning Experience Activity Package, drawn up prior to the internship, by the school supervisor after interviewing CVC staff. It was observed, however, that the student's activities were governed not by the package but by the organization's needs and by what the intern was deemed able to do with minimal risk to the functioning of CVC. The student was usually given tasks that required minimal supervision, assistance, or responsibility. Factors that shaped internship action were mainly internal to the functioning of CVC and the formal curriculum package was rarely used. In analyzing the experience, it was noted that, while the ongoing needs of the workplace were paramount in forming the curriculum the student actually followed, ample learning opportunities were available to the student. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982).