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Experiential learning and outcomes of NB graduates

Category(s): Education and Training
Status: Active
Principal: Ted McDonald
Project Number: P0079
Year Approved: 2023

Project Description

Evaluating students in line with their previous experience (Stenberg and Zhang, 2014). In other words, it allows students to apply knowledge from their academic studies in solving real-world issues. This study will assess the impact of EL participation on high school and university graduates in NB. For high school graduates, it will evaluate the impact of participation on transition to NB post-secondary education, choice of program, and type of study at university/college as well as the location of post-secondary study. While NB-IRDT data holdings only has data on NB Universities and Colleges, research shows that majority NB residents (about 80 percent) choose NB institutions for their post-secondary studies. This means only a small number of high school graduates will be unaccounted for. For University graduates who partook in EL, this study will evaluate their provincial retention and intra-provincial mobility. Additionally, for both graduate types (high school and university), it will assess factors associated with participation and type of EL program chosen. The impact of EL’s process of transforming theory into practice is important to assess for NB students. Research reveals that partaking in EL can positively influence the students long-term socially responsible behavior (Caulfield & Woods, 2013). In other words, they engage in behavior that enhances social well-being within their communities. As the province continues to invest in enhancing youth success, assessing which programs can supplement these investments and aid the success of NB youth is important.