Cooperative education (co-op) is an educational method combing typical academic study with real working experience. This academic method is propelled by two major associates; those of academic institute and professional company. The co-op operations especially identification of required knowledge of co-op student cannot be specified solely by academy or host company. Therefore, this study aimed to explore required knowledge of cooperative education students from both academic and professional perspective. A research was studied on a specific curriculum; modern management information technology curriculum, college of arts, media and technology, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand, and 14 associative companies in Thailand. All required knowledge sets were tentatively identified in constructed questionnaires by responsible academic institution, and then 42 surveys by working positions were distributed to all participated host organizations. After questionnaires were send back and completely collected, then frequency analysis was calculated. The outcomes presented that two proposed types of knowledge including with non-sector knowledge and relevant sector knowledge were required. 16 from 17 suggested non-sector knowledge sets conformed to several past studies, and were accepted by involved partners, whereas 27 from 40 proposed related sector knowledge bundles were agreed by the same focused group. This studied approach can be applied with other related academic program such as work integrated learning, internship, etc. aiming to improve or develop any curriculum involving with both academic and professional side.
Ratapol Wudhikarn, Chiang Mai University, Thailand
Stream: Disciplines and interdisciplinary approaches
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