The role of work placement in engineering students' academic performance

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 grades ... Show more

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

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

Resource type: Article

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