Title page for ETD etd-06062008-162247

Type of Document Dissertation
Author King, Thelma C.
URN etd-06062008-162247
Title Post-secondary students' and work-site supervisors' perceptions of diversity experiences and needs of students in a school-to-work transition program
Degree PhD
Department Vocational and Technical Education
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Schmidt, B. June Committee Chair
Stewart, Daisy L. Committee Co-Chair
Brooks, Neils Committee Member
Frantz, Nevin R. Jr. Committee Member
Lichtman, Marilyn V. Committee Member
  • cooperative education
  • knowledge construction
  • diversity
Date of Defense 1995-08-15
Availability restricted

The purposes of this study were ( a) to provide documented accounts of cooperative education students' experiences when interacting with diverse groups and (b) to obtain cooperative education students' and work-site supervisors' perceptions of the knowledge and attitudes needed by cooperative education students to interact effectively with diverse groups. The outcomes of the study provided information related to the multicultural theory of knowledge being positional and relating to the knower's values and experiences.

Focus groups (group interviews) that were designed to uncover participants' points of view and perceptions were used to collect the data. Four groups of six cooperative education students and two groups of six cooperative education work-site supervisors participated in the study. Relevant topics, issues, and concepts relating to cultural and ethnic diversity derived from a review of the literature were summarized and incorporated in the discussion guides used with the student and work-site supervisor groups. All participants completed demographic data sheets. Each session was tape recorded, and the researcher took field notes.

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