ERIC Number: ED430023
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
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Co-Operative Education: Challenges of Qualitative Research on Learning in the Workplace.
Chin, Peter; Munby, Hugh; Hutchinson, Nancy L.
This paper is concerned with the challenges of qualitative research on workplace learning that occurs within co-operative (co-op) education. Co-op education is extensive in Canada, with an estimated 10% of the student population enrolled in co-op secondary education each year. The context for this study was a veterinary clinic in which four co-op students participated. The theoretical framework for the study considered the workplace experiences as curriculum, the special character of experiential learning, and a cognitive perspective on learning from experience. Methodological challenges were evident in four related areas: (1) observation in an unfamiliar setting; (2) goals of the workplace setting; (3) conceptions of knowledge and curriculum; and (4) varieties of learning. The methodological challenges recognized in this study highlight the interplay among the theoretical framework, data collection methods, and data analysis procedures. (Contains 16 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Canada