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ERIC Number: EJ1179839
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2538-1032
The Influence of Values on Supervisors' Satisfaction with Co-Op Student Employees
Nevison, Colleen; Cormier, Lauren; Pretti, Judene; Drewery, David
International Journal of Work-Integrated Learning, v19 n1 p1-11 2018
While a growing body of literature in cooperative education (co-op) has seen an increased focus on what makes for a quality work term for the student, few studies investigate the satisfaction of the co-op supervisor. This paper seeks to address how supervisors perceive the role of the co-op student in the workplace and understand how these values influence satisfaction with a hired co-op student. A self-report survey was sent to supervisors who had hired co-op students from one Canadian academic institution. The results showed a significant correlation between attributes valued by the supervisor and supervisor rating of the student when those attributes were exhibited; however, this was only the case after the attributes were weighted for importance. The results demonstrate the importance of expectations in influencing satisfaction and reinforce the need for preparation of the student for the workterm, a clear alignment of expectations between the student and supervisor, and the value of onboarding in creating a successful work term.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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