ERIC Number: EJ1000114
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov-14
Reference Count: 0
"Soft Skills" Seen as Key Element for Higher Ed.
Adams, Caralee J.
Education Week, v32 n12 p1, 14 Nov 2012
To make it in college, students need to be up for the academic rigor. But that's not all. They also must be able to manage their own time, get along with roommates, and deal with setbacks. Resiliency and grit, along with the ability to communicate and advocate, are all crucial life skills. Yet, experts say, many teenagers lack them, and that's hurting college-completion rates. As educators look for ways to turn that showing around, many schools are incorporating the softer, noncognitive skills into college-readiness efforts. The ability to solve problems and be resourceful are viewed by some experts as being as important as mastering mathematics and reading. Helping teenagers develop those skills is being addressed in high schools, college-freshman orientation, youth-development organizations, and parenting programs.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Student Adjustment, College Curriculum, Difficulty Level, Advanced Courses, Adolescents, Interpersonal Competence, Communication Skills, Advocacy, Resilience (Psychology), Time Management, Student Responsibility, Secondary Education, College Preparation, College Readiness, Parent Role
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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