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Soft Skills In Mississippi Community Colleges' Online Career And Technical Programs, Joanna Sue Alston May 2019

Soft Skills In Mississippi Community Colleges' Online Career And Technical Programs, Joanna Sue Alston

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Soft skills are an essential piece in the employment puzzle, and most students’ behavioral characteristics require development, if not complete transformation, before learning can subsequently be transferred to the workplace. To that end, this facet of occupational education in community colleges’ online courses was in need of exploration to determine whether instructors were having success in implementing instructional and assessment methods for both teaching and grading students’ soft skills behaviors. This mixed methods study narrowed the focus of an extremely broad topic to four skills, specifically communication, critical thinking, teamwork, and work ethic. A look at how those skills related ...