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ERIC Number: ED444043
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
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Educating Students about the World of Work: An Example of Active Engagement Pedagogy.
Hansen, Tronn Doennestad; Camposarcone, Kirsten; Nicodemus, Teresa; Gorton, Laura; Hamilton, Lynn; Guth, Christine; Hinckley, Adele; Cane, Susan; Chambliss, Catherine
This paper describes an undergraduate level course developed with the dual agenda of teaching students basic empirical research skills and permitting them to explore concerns related to the workplace. Familiarizing students with workplace issues can assist them in making appropriate career choices and can help them to formulate plans for making a difference in the organizations they will soon join. While reading and discussing issues related to the workplace can foster greater awareness and understanding, these somewhat detached and impersonal ways of learning do not always fully engage students. In order to address this, an Introductory Research Methods class was invited to participate in an active engagement experience involving conduct of an empirical investigation of employee attitudes. Members of the class selected the topic for their research consensually. They then defined the variables they wanted to investigate, including the relationship between the size of the workplace, gender and age of the employees, job satisfaction, level of stress, engagement in discretionary activities, technology training satisfaction, and problems in juggling competing responsibilities. They surveyed workers at a variety of companies and analyzed the data. The class discussed their findings at length and developed an action plan based on problems detected through their study. The results of their efforts were presented at a local psychology research conference. The students reported extremely high satisfaction with this learning experience and requested to use this method again in additional courses. The appendix includes samples of the papers these novice research students produced as a visible product of their active engagement with the subject matter. Also included is a lesson plan that lists topics covered over the 15-week undergraduate course, an un-graded pretest, and excerpts from the midterm exam. (Author/MKA)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
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