ERIC Number: ED347326
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Cooperative Education: Training Health Managers.
Washington, William N.
Health administration students attending a college or university in Los Angeles, California, participated in a study of the effect of cooperative education. Three groups of students were selected. Group 1 consisted of undergraduate minority students--five males and five females (19-28 years old) with no prior health related work experience. Groups 2 and 3 were graduate students majoring in health services administration. Group 2 was comprised of 10 males and 5 females (22-46 years old). Group 3 consisted of 5 males and 10 females (21-48 years old). Groups 1 and 2 performed their cooperative experience in the first year of the study, Group 3 students in the following year. After administration of pretest questionnaires, students were placed in a health-related agency under the supervision of a professional health administrator for a minimum of 11 weeks. The posttest was the same questionnaire used for the pretest. A Likert-type attitude questionnaire measured students' feelings about themselves and about becoming health professionals. The semantic differential instrument assessed students' feelings toward five concepts: hospital, cooperative education experience, administrator, health career, and student's skill in administration. Data analysis indicated no significant change between pretest and posttest scores on the attitude questionnaire for any group. Group 3 showed a significant change in attitudes toward the skill of administration. (17 references) (YLB)
Descriptors: Administration, Administrators, Allied Health Occupations Education, Attitude Change, College Students, Cooperative Education, Graduate Students, Health Personnel, Higher Education, Internship Programs, Medical Education, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Student Attitudes, Student Experience
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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