ERIC Number: EJ817334
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Soft Skills in the Technology Education Classroom: What Do Students Need?
Harris, Kara S.; Rogers, George E.
Technology Teacher, v68 n3 p19-24 Nov 2008
In this article, the authors examine which nontechnical competencies or soft skills related to technology education should be developed by high school students. Results clearly indicate that university-level engineering and engineering technology professors rate students' interpersonal, communication, and work ethic competencies as desired attributes in students entering into postsecondary engineering and technology programs. Similarly Rogers (1995) noted that "instructors perceived the affective domain competencies as more important benefits of technology education programs than competencies in the cognitive or psychomotor domains". These affective domain competencies and communication skills therefore need to be a vital component of the high school technology education program. Implications for the technology education classroom are discussed. (Contains 3 tables.)
Descriptors: Engineering Technology, Engineering Education, Communication Skills, Work Ethic, Technology Education, High School Students, Skill Development, Interpersonal Communication, Interpersonal Competence, Student Characteristics, Affective Behavior, Cognitive Ability
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
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