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The time course of learning - how does the length of the cooperative placement affect the learning experience?

The time course of learning - how does the length of the cooperative placement affect the learning experience?,Jenny Fleming,Chris Eames

The time course of learning - how does the length of the cooperative placement affect the learning experience?   (Citations: 2)
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Amongst cooperative education programmes there is great diversity in placement length and structure. These parameters appear to be driven as much by timetabling and regulation demands as pedagogical reasons. Little research has been published to provide evidence supporting a particular structure on learning grounds, particularly from a student's perspective. A written questionnaire (n=42) and in-depth follow-up interviews (n=7) were used to explore the perceived impact on student learning of the non-continuous (2 days per week) and two-semester nature of the sport and recreation cooperative education programme at Auckland University of Technology (AUT). In addition to workplace activities the students in this programme design and complete a project that is beneficial to their organisation. The influence of this project work on student learning is also examined. Content analysis of the data indicated that the 350 hours spent in the workplace over 2 semesters was important for relationship building and the development of trust. The findings indicate that the students' learning changed over time in the placement. Students felt they learnt more in the second half of the placement as they moved from doing simple tasks and became involved in more complex tasks and thinking. Most students responded in favour of the non-continuous nature of the placement. We conclude that the 350 hours of placement contributes to students developing their own meaning of practice in sport and recreation, and that greater learning may occur with more time in the workplace, and the use of tools such as projects that enhance students understanding of their workplace community.
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