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ERIC Number: ED401467
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Dec
Pages: 12
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Junior College Students' Work-based Experiences in Taiwan.
Lai, Chun-Chin; Lee, Lung-Sheng
The cooperative education program at the Mingchi Institute of Technology, a 5-year technical junior college in Taiwan, is often praised as an exemplary model. Mingchi has implemented cooperative education in cooperation with Formosa Plastics Group (FPG) for more than 30 years. The school year at the college is structured with the winter and summer breaks shortened so that in each school year students can be divided into 4 groups to take turns in a 3-month paid work-based study program at the FPG. During their 5 school years, students completed a total of 15 months of off-campus study. A survey completed in 1990 by nearly 500 Mingchi students, graduates, supervisors, and heads of cooperating units found that helping students to comprehend workplace practices was considered the most valuable part of the program. The survey also found that 98 percent of the college's graduates were employed within 6 months after graduation. In 1996, a review of literature was conducted and case studies of student work-based experiences were analyzed based on interviews with two students majoring in industrial design and their supervisor. The study concluded that Mingchi's off-campus study program is efficient. The program reaches its preset goal of helping all students to learn by working, and in addition, the program is perceived to be effective. The program could be improved if the college and its partners could arrange more profession-oriented and more individualized work-based learning opportunities in the off-campus study program. In order to expand opportunities for professional training, cooperating firmst other than FPG companies should get involved. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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