June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Cooperative & Experiential Education
This study investigates students' experience from co-op back to the university. Cooperative education (co-op) experiences in engineering programs are valuable for students to get real, hands-on learning of what it is like to be an engineer in their field. This helps students decide if they would like to be an engineer, what kind of engineering they want to major in, and what company they want to work for. This study explores students’ transition from their co-op experience back to their classes at their home university. Thirty percent of students have reported the transition between their co-op experience and the university have hindered their academic motivation (Gunderson, Baily, Raelin, Garrick, 2016). There are students that mention having a hard time with the transition from the co-op back to classes to finish their degree at our university. The survey was sent out to over 400 students that were on co-op over the summer of 2016. It was found that 25% of respondents reported having a somewhat difficult/difficult time transitioning back to the university after going on co-op. The highest reported reasons for the difficulty were change in schedule. Details are reported below, including some qualitative responses from open-ended questions on the survey. The findings from this study will inform our co-op office and university on how we can build better support structures for students that are having transitional difficulties.
McNeil, J. C., & Andrade, M., & Beebe, A. D. (2017, June), The Students' Experience Coming Back After Cooperative Education Experiences Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--29014
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