Bridging Knowledge and Action in the Workplace: An Evaluation on Internship Learning Outcomes of Child Development Associate Degree Program Students

  •  Yasemin Acar-Ciftci    


The efficiency of the education systems fundamentally depends on the quality of teaching and learning in classrooms, workshops, laboratories, and other educational spaces. Perfect teachers, well-designed courses, and proper facilities, provision of necessary resources are required for an excellent education, but not enough. This study aims to evaluate child development associate degree program students in their learning during their summer internships the scope of Raelin’s Work-Based Learning Model. The individual level of this model takes place two types of learning (theory and practice) and four types of individual learning (conceptualization, experimentation, experience, and reflection) that arise from a matrix of two forms of knowledge (explicit and implicit). This research was designed as a case study, one of the qualitative research methods. Depending on the tradition of qualitative research, observation, semi-structured interview, and document review strategies were used to increase the reliability of this study. In the analysis of the qualitative data, the descriptive analysis technique was used to define and interpret the data in line with the predetermined themes. The findings obtained in this study revealed that although the students made various observations and practices during their internships, it has been identified that these studies did not include the learning types in the context of the model.

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  • ISSN(Print): 1927-5250
  • ISSN(Online): 1927-5269
  • Started: 2012
  • Frequency: bimonthly

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