Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Transformative Learning Communities as a Diversity and Inclusion Framework
by Twist, Kathleen, M.A., State University of New York Empire State College, 2019, 212; 27549337
Abstract (Summary)

Soft skills are important because they assist us in forming our identity, manage our emotions, and improve our relationships (Carri, 2013, p. 3). The literature on soft skills make apparent that these skills profoundly affect our health, workplace, economy, and society. Unfortunately, there has been a decline of soft skills especially with the influx of the Millennial generation (Tulgan, 2015, p. 29). The areas of business and education are seeking significant ways to assist Millennials acquire soft skills. Literature reveals that many of these initiatives fall short of the desired goal of Millennials acquiring these skills. This study presents two innovative ideas. First, the Millennial generation of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) student-athletes have the opportunity to acquire the soft skill of diversity and inclusion within the construct of their transformational learning community. Second, the introduction of diversity and inclusion as a soft skill. Insights gained from this study on soft skills, diversity and inclusion, and learning communities can benefit many disciplines and professions that seek answers to their soft skill dilemma.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Rogers, Rhianna C.
Commitee: Mandell, Alan
School: State University of New York Empire State College
Department: Liberal Studies
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: MAI 82/1(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Multicultural Education, Adult education
Keywords: Diversity and inclusion, Learning communities, Multiculturalism, Soft skills, Student-athletes
Publication Number: 27549337
ISBN: 9798662401808
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