Multidisciplinary cooperation by students in Dutch higher vocational education

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    Abstract

    Today, multidisciplinary cooperation (MC) is an important objective of higher
    vocational education. The aim of this ongoing study was to explore how, and to
    what extent, fourth year bachelor students at two research centers (Built
    Environment and Energy, Hanze University of Applied Sciences) develop MC.
    Data for 71 students were collected with a semi-structured questionnaire, followed by focus group discussions in 14 groups. Results indicate that students
    accomplished MC to varying degrees, depending on differences in disciplinary
    program backgrounds, student characteristics, the research center, the thematic
    group they belonged to, and the quality of the ‘graduation research assignment’.
    For example, students experienced pressure from their training college to conduct their research autonomously, and this affected the degree to which the goal of MC was reached during the final assignment before graduation. The results of this study were used to improve the professional learning environment in which training colleges and research centers cooperate.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEAPRIL 2016 proceedings
    Pages108-127
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2017
    EventEuropean Association for Practitioner Research on Improving Learning (EAPRIL) Conference 2016 - Porto, Portugal
    Duration: 22 Nov 201625 Nov 2016

    Conference

    ConferenceEuropean Association for Practitioner Research on Improving Learning (EAPRIL) Conference 2016
    Abbreviated titleEAPRIL 2016
    CountryPortugal
    CityPorto
    Period22/11/1625/11/16

    Keywords

    • higher education
    • cooperation

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