ERIC Number: EJ1172547
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Being Smart Is Not Enough to Ensure Success: Integrating Personal Development into a General Education Course
Whitehall, Anna Petra; Hill, Laura G.; Yost, Denise M.; Kidwell, Kimberlee K.
Journal of General Education, v65 n3-4 p241-263 2016
Life skills, including conflict management, flexibility in response to change, and effective communication, are critical to success in college and career. Most university administrators and employers believe that students should learn foundational life skills in college, but for the most part universities do not explicitly teach these skills as part of the general undergraduate education experience. The goal of the present study was to examine whether personal development can be effectively fostered in a general education course. It reports on a theory-based course designed to increase leadership, adaptive coping skills, and mental well-being. It also demonstrates through a quasi-experiment that participation in this course is related to social and psychological outcomes such as increased adaptability to change and social integration. These skills will support students in being successful in college and beyond.
Descriptors: General Education, Skill Development, Undergraduate Study, Leadership Qualities, Coping, Well Being, Quasiexperimental Design, Program Effectiveness, Social Integration, Communication Skills, Group Activities, Experiential Learning, Psychological Patterns, Cognitive Processes, Mental Health, Hypothesis Testing, Pretests Posttests, Scores, Questionnaires
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