Post-experience higher education that supplements and stimulates learning on-the-job in the fields of engineering and applied physical science

Katz, Israel
IIEP Research Report, 21
176 p.
Tertiary education

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This case explains the evolution and contents of the programmes of Northeastern University (USA).It aims at demomstrating how post-experience higher education (PEHE) in engineering and the applied physical sciences, conducted over the past 11 years at Northeastern University, has effectively supplemented and stimulated learning on the job by professionals.Further, it aims at comparing the relative merits of the three modes of teaching/learning that prevail.Pertinent economic data about the United States of America and information concerning its private and public educational establishments are considered, with emphasis on the industrial and higher educational mix of Great Boston.The author considers that, in a rather informal sense, the PEHE activities are integrated with the economic and social plan of the country.He discusses the organization of post-experience programmes with the formal higher educational activities at the University, the sources and methods of financing, the context of PEHE.Appendices II through V illustrate the principal forms of PEHE constitute a pattern that currently appears appropriate for the continuation of such programmes in the future.In order to appreciate the organization of the teaching/learning hierarchy.Concerning evaluation of the effectiveness of PEHE courses, he emphasisis the need for prompt remedial action, implying continual evaluations.Guidlines for the further development of PEHE are suggested and a prognosis for the role of universities in providing such education is presented, which they may elect to exercise in response to the unmet educational needs of their communities .