Quality of Work Experience as Perceived by Two-Year College Students in Co-op and Non-Co-op Jobs

D. Stern, J. R. Stone III, C. Hopkins, M. McMillion, H. Cagampang

Using a survey of working students in two-year colleges, some of whom are enrolled in cooperative education, the authors of this paper tested whether co-op and non-co-op students have different perceptions of their jobs and of the ways in which those jobs relate to their studies. Specifically, the authors examine differences in (1) ways the present job relates to the student's expected career, (2) intrinsic interest in the present job, (3) opportunity for learning on the job, and (4) the relation of the job to school.

MDS-761 / March 1994

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