Journal of Cooperative Education
Of all of the benefits associated with experiential education, those related to student development are of the most interest to educators. Those of us who work with students do not need to be convinced of the positive impact work experience has on participants. Anecdotally we share with one another our success stories - stories of individual students who have grown, matured, gained self-confidence or a new sense of direction and purpose because of exposure to what we like to call the real world. Yet, we recognize that these outcomes are not guaranteed, and that in fact, not all students achieve all the benefits identified. In making sense of our observations we suggest reasons that might account for the different effect experiential education has on individual students. We note that individual students differ, experiential settings differ, and of course the structure, design and implementation of supporting programs differ.
Fletcher, Joyce K., "Field Experience and Cooperative Education; Similarities and Differences" (1991). Service Learning, General. 78.