Gauging workplace readiness: Information behavior and preparedness of engineering students in cooperative education programs

Jon N. Jeffryes, Meghan Lafferty

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Abstract

In Spring 2010 we surveyed undergraduate students majoring in computer science or civil, electrical, or mechanical engineering participating in the cooperative education program, a semester-long work placement for academic credit. We wanted to compare the informationrelated skills they had with those they needed during their co-op assignments as a proxy for workplace expectations. We identified gaps in student preparedness which we are using to work with faculty and staff to address those needs strategically. This paper details three ways in which we are making use of what we learned: development of a teamwork workshop and a portfolio program as well as furthering integration of information literacy into the curriculum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 2011
Event118th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Duration: Jun 26 2011Jun 29 2011

Other

Other118th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityVancouver, BC
Period6/26/116/29/11

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