ERIC Number: EJ803908
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun-20
Reference Count: 0
Student Workers Can Learn More on the Job
Lewis, Jonathan S.
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n41 pA56 Jun 2008
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, nearly 50 percent of undergraduates work in part-time jobs while enrolled as full-time students. Student employment, says the author, has the potential to be a significant developmental experience, providing an extracurricular setting in which to promote learning after class ends, enabling students to grow as leaders, develop career paths, and balance courses, work, and personal lives. The author advocates deliberate structuring of workplace tasks, interactions and processes to optimize the student work experience by: (1) Increasing opportunities for peer collaboration and evaluation; (2) Creating occasions for informal interactions between students, faculty members, and administrators; (3) Encouraging congruence between the curriculum and the co-curriculum; and (4) Pairing faculty and staff members in learning-focused research teams. Refocusing on learning as the core of a student-employment program can foster a transformative educational experience that will serve students both inside and outside the classroom.
Descriptors: College Students, Student Employment, Part Time Employment, Employment Programs, Work Experience, Educational Experience, Faculty, Educational Opportunities
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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