The role of work placement in engineering students' academic performance


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Author: Blicblau, Aaron Simon; Nelson, Tracey Louise; Dini, Kurosh


Engineering graduates without industrial experience may find that employment is difficult to obtain immediately after completing their studies. This study investigates the impact of two arrangements of work experiences; short term (over 12 weeks, [short term placement] STP) and long-term (over 52 weeks, [industry based learning] IBL) on academic grades. This study involved 240 undergraduate mechanical engineering students. Results from the study indicated that students who spent time on work integrated learning or IBL in their penultimate year of their engineering course obtained better...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Students; Teaching and learning; Outcomes; Employment; Workforce development

Keywords: Academic achievement; Work integrated learning; Student placement; Graduates; Employability; Internship

Geographic subjects: Victoria; Australia; Oceania

Published: Hamilton, New Zealand: New Zealand Association for Cooperative Education, 2016

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Journal volume: 17

Journal number: 1

Journal date: 2016

Pages: pp. 31-43

ISSN: 1175-2882

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Document number: TD/TNC 123.526

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