The Effect of Cooperative Education on Change in Self-Efficacy Among Undergraduate Students: Introducing Work Self-Efficacy

Journal of Cooperative Education and Internships, Vol. 45, No. 2, pp. 17-35, 2011

20 Pages Posted: 13 Mar 2012

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Joseph A. Raelin

Northeastern University - D’Amore-McKim School of Business

Margaret Bailey

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)

Jerry Hamann

University of Wyoming

Leslie Pendleton

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

Jonathan Raelin

University of Bath

Rachelle Reisberg

Northeastern University

David Whitman

University of Wyoming

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

This study examines the effect of cooperative education, controlling for contextual support and demographic characteristics, on three dimensions of self-efficacy change: work, career, and academic. Of the three forms of self-efficacy, work self-efficacy was found to be the one efficacy form impacted by cooperative education. Since self-efficacy is shaped by performance accomplishments, student success in their co-op jobs appears to enhance their confidence in performing a variety of behaviors that are particular to handling the requirements of the workplace. Change in work self-efficacy was also affected by change in students’ confidence in their career orientation. This study claims to open up the so-called “black box of co-op” to articulate the practices and behaviors of cooperative education that shape its contribution to the undergraduate experience.

Keywords: work self-efficacy, cooperative education, internships, contextual support, career self-efficacy, academic self-efficacy, placement quality

JEL Classification: I20, I21, J24, M12, M53

Suggested Citation

Raelin, Joseph A. and Bailey, Margaret and Hamann, Jerry and Pendleton, Leslie and Raelin, Jonathan D. and Reisberg, Rachelle and Whitman, David, The Effect of Cooperative Education on Change in Self-Efficacy Among Undergraduate Students: Introducing Work Self-Efficacy (2011). Journal of Cooperative Education and Internships, Vol. 45, No. 2, pp. 17-35, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2019933

Joseph A. Raelin (Contact Author)

Northeastern University - D’Amore-McKim School of Business ( email )

360 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.damore-mckim.northeastern.edu/faculty/r/raelin-joseph

Margaret Bailey

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) ( email )

Rochester, NY 14623
United States

Jerry Hamann

University of Wyoming ( email )

Box 3434 University Station
Laramie, WY 82070
United States

Leslie Pendleton

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University ( email )

Blacksburg, VA 24061
United States

Jonathan D. Raelin

University of Bath ( email )

Claverton Down
Bath, BA2 7AY
United Kingdom

Rachelle Reisberg

Northeastern University ( email )

Boston, MA 02115
United States

David Whitman

University of Wyoming ( email )

Box 3434 University Station
Laramie, WY 82070
United States

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