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ERIC Number: ED402830
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
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The Practice of Academic Administration: Internships in Higher Education Programs. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Foster, Lenoar; Ward, Kelly
Existing research reveals little about the availability of internships for graduate students in higher education, and also fails to explain the utilization of these internship offerings. The findings from this study suggest that while a majority of programs in higher education have some type of practice-based offerings in their curricula, considerable variation exists in how the internships are structured and the types of internships utilized by students. Questionnaires were mailed to program directors listed in the Association for the Study of Higher Education Membership and Higher Education Program Faculty Directory. Mailings and follow-up produced 64 usable responses. Over 92 percent of respondents reported their programs offered internships and 56 percent reported participation of master's level students. Forty percent of the Ed.D programs required internships and 18 percent of the Ph.D. programs required internships. This study found that the more theoretical the degree, the less likely students were to engage in internships. If higher education programs are to transcend the notion that their degrees lack rigor, then program administrators must look closely at the content and curricula of their programs, both theoretically and practically. It is imperative that present and potential higher education practitioners be given meaningful experiences that connect the world of the classroom with practical experience. (Contains 28 references.) (JLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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