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Record identifier : 569320
Personal Name - Primary Intelectual Responsibility : Sawyer, Darrell
Title and statement of responsibility : Career benefits of cooperative education and internships: Perceptions of graduates from a rural Midwest engineering and science institution [Thesis]
Publication, Distribution,Etc. : University of South Dakota, 2008
Language of the Item : eng
Dissertation of thesis details and type of degree : Ed.D
Body granting the degree : , University of South Dakota
Summary or Abstract : Although many studies have been conducted related to the initial career-related benefits received by graduates with cooperative education or internship experience, limited research has been done to examine this career development from longer-term perspectives. The purpose of this study was to assess the perceptions of graduates from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSM&T) regarding their co-op or internship experiences and to examine what differences exist among graduates in their early, middle or advanced career stages.A researcher-developed survey instrument with five-point Liked scale questions was used to collect data from SDSM&T 1986-2006 graduates regarding their perceptions of their co-op or internship experiences and their career development. The survey questions were organized into four subscales: career actualization, professional development, personal growth, and overall satisfaction. The survey was sent electronically to all graduates for whom an email address was available. A total of 276 graduates completed the survey. The respondents were generally distributed among the early, middle, or advanced career stages.Computation of the means for the survey questions and the composite subscale means indicated that the graduates viewed their co-op or internship experiences as positive influences on their career development regardless of gender, ethnicity, age, or major. The respondents strongly recommended that current students obtain such experiences before they graduate. Female and non-Caucasian graduates considered their co-ops and internships to have increased their understanding of their professional, ethical, and social responsibilities at a higher level than males or Caucasians.The graduates' perceptions were positive regardless of whether they were in their early, mid-, or advanced career stages, with advanced career respondents indicating a statistically significant higher positive level than early career stage respondents. The value that graduates attribute to their co-ops and internships does not diminish over time and actually is slightly higher by graduates in their mid- or advanced career stages. Multiple linear regression analysis indicated that the graduates' perceptions regarding career actualization, professional development, and personal growth all are significant predictors of graduates' overall satisfaction with their co-op or internship experiences (p<.05)..
Topical Name Used as Subject : School administration
: Curriculum development
: Higher education
Information of biblio record : TL
 
 
 
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