ERIC Number: ED270610
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Experience Based Internships, 1985. Annual Summary Report.
Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.
During 1985, the Center for Professional Development of the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory identified and supported five internships in various aspects of educational research and development work. Programs with which the interns were affiliated included a goal-based education program, the Center for Sex Equity, an assessment and evaluation program, a computer technology program, and the Pacific Region Educational Program. To assess the impact of these internships, a formal interview schedule incorporating the five evaluation questions delineated in the program's work statement was used. The evaluation found the following: (1) the capability of the interns to pursue educational research and development (R&D) work increased, because the skills needed were acquired or strengthened; (2) the job placement and promotion activities of the internships have increased the employment of women and minorities in R&D work; (3) the project has assisted interns in obtaining credentials, although this was not a major need, since interns were already well-versed in such procedures; (4) information on internship activities was publicized in several media sources; and (5) the internships were a positive experience for both interns and sponsoring agencies. Recommendations for the future included longer internships, dropping the requirement for university enrollment during internship, and having the internships lead to contracts. (The interview schedule and internship contracts are appendixed to the report.) (KC)
Descriptors: Educational Administration, Educational Development, Educational Research, Higher Education, Internship Programs, Outcomes of Education, Professional Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Improvement, Research and Development, Research and Development Centers, Research Projects, Research Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.