Using Collaborative Learning to Develop Students' Soft Skills

27 Pages Posted: 8 Feb 2019 Last revised: 26 May 2019

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Trevor England

Sam Houston State University

Gregory Leo Nagel

Middle Tennessee State University

Sean P. Salter

Middle Tennessee State University

Date Written: March 28, 2019

Abstract

Managers now emphasize the importance of soft interpersonal skills for success in business. We provide an active learning approach to collaboratively teach students basic soft skills that are needed in most careers. There are initial startup costs for the instructor, but this effort soon reaps extraordinary rewards for students. In our approach, the need for soft skills arises from a real-world issue that results from the application of technical skills in an exercise. A decision must be made, which requires students to learn soft skills. Finally, students apply their soft skills in the real world. We provide extensive support for instructors.

Keywords: interpersonal, decisions, communication, soft skills

Suggested Citation

England, Trevor and Nagel, Gregory Leo and Salter, Sean P., Using Collaborative Learning to Develop Students' Soft Skills (March 28, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3323448 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3323448

Trevor England (Contact Author)

Sam Houston State University ( email )

United States

Gregory Leo Nagel

Middle Tennessee State University ( email )

P.O. Box 50
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
United States

Sean P. Salter

Middle Tennessee State University ( email )

P.O. Box 50
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
United States

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