Teaching and Learning Employability Skills in Career and Technical Education [electronic resource] : Industry, Educator, and Student Perspectives / by Will Tyson
- Palgrave Studies in Urban Education
- 1. Introduction: Employability Skills in the 21st Century Workforce -- 2. Background and Methodology -- 3. Core Elements of Work Ethic -- 4. Flexibility and Interpersonal Skills -- 5. Personal Responsibility and Work Ethic -- 6. Interpersonal Skills -- 7. Projects and Activities that Promote Employability Skills -- 8. Eyes Toward the Future -- .
- This book examines how industry-desired employability skills-or "soft skills"-are taught and learned in high school career and technical education (CTE) engineering and engineering technology programs. Identifying, recruiting, and keeping workers with strong personal and interpersonal skills is a constant challenge for STEM employers who need to hire young workers to replace an aging technical workforce. To answer the call, teachers interviewed explained that they maintain regimented daily classroom routines that include individual and small group hands-on activities and projects. In turn, their students explain learning personal responsibility, work ethic, teamwork, leadership, conflict management, and social skills in the classroom. Narratives from the workforce and classroom interweave to put employability skills frameworks into action.
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