ERIC Number: ED440263
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Work-Based Learning and Academic Skills.
Hughes, Katherine L.; Moore, David Thornton; Bailey, Thomas R.
IEE Brief, n27 Nov 1999
A study tested the claim that work-based learning can have positive effects on academic learning. Data were obtained through interviews with faculty, staff, students, and employers, and observation of classroom-based links to the work-based learning components at three sites involved in a work-based learning project. At the three sites, a total of 25 student interns were chosen as subjects and were observed several times for several hours each time and interviewed before and after their work placements. The study found that for 9 of the students, no evidence of academic reinforcement in the workplace were found. For 16 students, evidence was found for some aspects of the claim. Almost half the students experienced instances of the simple application of school-based knowledge at work. It was determined, however, that knowledge gained in the workplace could reinforce academic learning, especially if there is intentional instructor intervention connecting the two venues. In other words, work-based learning can have positive effects when it is done well. (Contains 20 references.) (KC)
Descriptors: Education Work Relationship, Educational Benefits, Internship Programs, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, Success, Teaching Methods, Theory Practice Relationship, Work Experience Programs
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.; DeWitt Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund, Pleasantville, NY.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Inst. on Education and the Economy.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Developed from IEE Working Paper No. 15 (ED 437 568).