ERIC Number: ED158043
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Soft Skills: Definition, Behavioral Model Analysis, Training Procedures. Professional Paper 3-74.
Whitmore, Paul G.; Fry, John P.
In a report on leadership research for the U.S. Army, three papers dealing with soft skills analysis and training are presented. "What Are Soft Skills?" describes a questionnaire designed to clarify the terms "hard" and "soft" skills. Soft skills are defined as important job-related skills that involve little or no interaction with machines and whose application on the job is quite generalized. "The Behavioral Model as a Tool for Analyzing 'Soft Skills'" discusses leadership and motivation job functions in terms of principles of behavior modification and describes development of a behavioral model of the different levels of an organization. "Procedures for Implementing Soft-Skill Training in CONARC Schools" describes the instructional approach based on a tested problem-solving framework. Small groups and student-centered learning were cited as important factors in the instructional approach. (Army Work Unit MODMAN, Model for Systems Engineering of Man-Ascendant Jobs, is concerned with developing procedures for systems engineering of non-machine or soft skills, such as command, supervision, counseling, and leadership.) (Authors/CSS)
Descriptors: Administrator Education, Behavior Change, Behavioral Objectives, Competency Based Education, Counselor Training, Definitions, Demonstration Programs, Job Skills, Leadership Training, Military Training, Officer Personnel, Problem Solving, Skill Analysis, Supervisory Training, Systems Building, Training Methods, Training Objectives
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Army Research Inst. for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: Human Resources Research Organization, Alexandria, VA.
Identifiers: Soft Skills; United States
Note: Papers presented at the United States Continental Army Command (CONARC) Soft Skills Training Conference (Fort Bliss, Texas, December 12-13, 1972)