Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An Exploratory Study of the Role of Soft Skills in the Training and Employability of High School Graduates
by Williams, Felita Sharmett, Ed.D., Lindenwood University, 2018, 167; 10845273
Abstract (Summary)

Research has shown that both educators and prospective employers agreed that students needed more than just ‘hard skills.’ Instead of focusing only on students meeting the academic requirements needed to graduate with a diploma, students also needed to work toward mastering social and emotional skills such as ‘soft skills.’ This study consists of five parts; (i) seeking information from employers associated with the target school; (ii) seeking information from parents of students in the target school; (iii) the researcher crafted intervention for students based on the literature on soft skills, (iv) the researcher completed intervention in two area churches, and (v) assessment of the outcome of the intervention in terms of greater student awareness of the importance of soft-skills and ability with soft-skills in their interactions.

This qualitative study inquired: (1) What soft skills are sought by the employers associated with the target school in their new hires? (2) What soft skills are being consciously supported in the home of the students? (3) What evidence is there that the intervention devised was successful at developing useful soft skills in the student engaged in the intervention?

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sherblom, Stephen
Commitee: Bonner, Beverly, Elder, Robyne
School: Lindenwood University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: DAI-A 79/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational evaluation, Secondary education
Keywords: Emotional skills, Job skills, Social skills
Publication Number: 10845273
ISBN: 978-0-438-25579-1
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