טכניון מכון טכנולוגי לישראל
הטכניון מכון טכנולוגי לישראל - בית הספר ללימודי מוסמכים  
M.Sc Thesis
M.Sc StudentDolev Avivit
SubjectIntegration of Study and Work by Undergraduate Engineering
Students at the Technion: Facilitating and
Deterring Factors
DepartmentDepartment of Education in Science and Technology
Supervisor Professor Orit Hazzan


Abstract

The current study deals with undergraduate engineering students at a research university in Israel who are integrating study and work during their studies. The effect of integrating study and work by more and more students, influences both the universities and the students. Clearly, each university must design its own solution to the integration phenomenon and no one solution fits all.  In order to gain further understanding, one should think in terms of the students’ needs. Within the set of ideas about needs, the question what urges people to integrate study and work (content theory) arises. The research presented in the thesis examines reasons that motivated to or were a deterrence to combine study and work. The type of study used is one of a “mixed method.”  The accumulated data’s focus was gained via two methods.  One was through focus groups, occasional conversations and documents. The other was an analysis of the answers from 1,136 engineering students to close and to open questions, which were asked prior to this study’s inception. One of the main findings is that combining study and work can fulfill different needs, both basic but also complicate needs such as self-fulfillment needs as described at Maslow’s theory. As the old phrase goes, “Where there’s a will there’s a way”, combining study and work, for some of the students, is a way of satisfying developmental needs. Therefore, the phenomenon of combining study and work will not disappear and will always find its way to the campus.