Work placements and sandwich programmes: the case of MacEwan University’s supply chain co-op programme
co-operative education, postsecondary education
Excerpt: Of the different approaches, co-operative education is probably the most resource demanding and complex to administer. To ensure that learning outcomes are met and experiential learning happens, it requires an integration and coordination of three parties: the institution, the employer and the student. Likewise, it poses a number of challenges with regards to building relationships with the industry and finding employers willing to take on and supervise co-op students, setting up a support infrastructure to monitor and guide students and finding appropriate ways of evaluating them. Even so, co-operative education has seen a revitalisation and has been taken up as a viable option by many business schools around the world. With this chapter, we take a closer look at co-operative education and illustrate the discussion by examining the co-op programme in Supply Chain Management at MacEwan University, Canada.
Enstroem, R. (2018). Work placements and sandwich programmes: The case of MacEwan University’s Supply Chain Co-op programme. In J. Turner & G. Mulholland (Eds.), International Enterprise Education: Perspectives on Theory and Practice (pp. 114–128). New York, NY: Routledge.
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