A small scaled study on pro and cons with the educational design of Co-operative Education
2016 (English)In: Engineering 4 Society 2016 Raising awareness for the societal role of engineering. Leuven, Belgium 15 - 16 September 2016: Proceedings,, Leuven, 2016, 87-90 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
For 25 years University West has been the leading university in Sweden when it comes to Work Integrated Learning (WIL) and Co-operative Education (Co-op). This paper describes mainly the sustainable and mutual benefit between the companies and the students. How ever, Co-operative education is a model that does not only benefit the students – it's described as a win-win situation for all partners. This study will provide some explanatory examples from using Co-operative Education as a networking and bridging model between the students, the universities and industry. This model aims to enhance life long learning in the work place. It also provides an opportunity for the university staff to catch up the needs from the industry in their ongoing work – such as new competency development modules, research and development etc. The paper uses an educational design that describes the benefits for participants, as well as it provides an opportunity to scrutinise the possible obstacles that lie within this model. A questionnaire has been distributed to the persons that have the overall responsibility for introducing the student at the company, students that were in their first Co-op placement and students that had finished their second Co-op placement. The results were analysed with a content analysis focusing on text material.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Leuven, 2016. 87-90 p.
Cooperative education, Work integrated learning, Life long learning, University, industry, business alliances
Research subject Work Integrated Learning; SOCIAL SCIENCE, Pedagogics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-10190ISBN: 9789460189968OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-10190DiVA: diva2:1050524
Engineering 4 Society 2016 Raising awareness for the societal role of engineering. Leuven, Belgium 15 - 16 September 2016