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ERIC Number: EJ1120050
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1175-2882
A Comparative Study of Cooperative Education and Work-Integrated Learning in Germany, South Africa, and Namibia
Reinhard, Karin; Pogrzeba, Anna; Townsend, Rosemary; Pop, Carver Albertus
Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education, v17 n3 p249-263 2016
The Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University was the first higher education institution in Germany to combine on-the-job training and academic studies. The study model integrates theory and practice, both being components of cooperative education. The success of this university is based on its cooperation with over 10,000 companies. Students are employed and remunerated for the duration of their studies by their partner company. In South Africa and Namibia, while cooperative education programs have a rich history, the study models developed lack the commitment from industry to invest in work-integrated learning. The present study models involve students taking up unpaid practical semesters, in order to achieve the transfer of theoretical knowledge into a practical work-related setting. This comparative study outlines how universities of higher education, in Germany, South Africa and Namibia, in cooperation with industry, can further develop their model, in order to achieve financial stability and employment security for their students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany; Namibia; South Africa
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