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Learning from Co-op Writing and the Veterans' History Project

Project: 12
Name: Karen Nulton, PhD (ksn27@drexel.edu; 215.895.2440)
Department: English & Philosophy

Description

I am currently working with a team to analyze the writing that students do when they return from co-op. Currently, we have analyzed the skills that students use on co-op and those they want to acquire post co-op; we have also analyzed what employers claim to be students' strengths and weaknesses. This analysis has pointed to the importance of relational skills (how you are with yourself and with others) to co-op success. We have begun to analyze the reflective analyses that students complete about a goal the pursue on co-op and will work more on this over the summer. We seek a student to work with us on qualitative coding. Strong attention to detail necessary. Interest in corpus analysis a plus.

We also have interest in analyzing the body of the veterans' history project to see what characteristics point to successful and unsuccessful interview techniques. This work would allow us to create a template for successful interviews.

Associated Independent Study

The independent study would be designed with the student. This could be exploring writing assessment, writing studies, inter and intrapersonal competencies and their link to college and career success, or working with a large-scale linguistic corpus analysis using automation. The interests of the student will help to determine the independent study.

Gained Experience

We have begun to analyze the reflective analyses that students complete at the end of co-op about a goal the pursue on co-op and will work more on this over the summer. We seek a student to work with us on qualitative coding. Strong attention to detail necessary. Interest in corpus analysis a plus. Interest in computer scoring/analysis of writing a plus.

The student will gain knowledge in a method of working with large-scale writing projects and will learn how writing assessment can uncover vital information.

We are also working to analyze a representative sample of the veterans' history project to see what genre analysis tells us about successful and unsuccessful interviews. We would use this information to build a template for interviewers.

Outcome

Article and grant proposal for the veteran's history project

Tasks

  1. analyzing co-op writing
  2. analyzing writing from the veterans' history project
  3. Reading about genre analysis and interview techniques
  4. Coding writing samples"

Location

The student will work on his/her own in any location except for bi-weekly meetings.

Meetings

The student would need to be available to meet in person or online two times a week; days and times are flexible.

Interview Availability

April 10, April 11, April 12