Publication Date

Winter 2-13-2014

Degree Name

MA in International and Intercultural Management

First Advisor

John Ungerleider

Abstract

Cooperative education programming as a model of teaching to varied learning styles, is based on a small scale school working to teach children to their specific learning styles centered around their brain function strengths and limitations. The Greenwood School is a boarding school located in Putney, VT specializing in teaching boys with academic, social, and behavioral differences. The school caters to about fifty boys from ages ten to eighteen. Within all of the programs operating on this campus, one of the newest is the internship program, which offers off-campus, community based work learning opportunities with adult mentors and small business owners. Over the course of almost two years this program has been evaluated and adapted to students’ needs.

This paper looks at the structure of The Greenwood School and then delves into literature in the field of education strategies and different methods to address learning styles. Using student voices of those participating in the internship program, this paper will attempt to measure the value added of this program of cooperative learning and how interactions amongst youth and interested professionals, as well as hands-on interaction effects saturation of learning. Importantly, unlike evaluations of many other education programs, this review of the effectiveness and net impact of the internship program will consider youth participant perspectives to evaluate value added to academic and social learning.

Disciplines

Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Educational Methods | Educational Psychology | Leadership Studies | Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education | Special Education and Teaching