UW–Madison authors examine ‘soft’ skills instruction in community colleges in new journal article

UW–Madison’s Matthew Hora, Pallavi Chhabra, and Bailey Smolarek co-authored a recent article in the Community College Journal of Research and Practice, titled “Exploring the Factors that Influence How (And Why) Community College Instructors Teach Communication and Teamwork Skills in Computer Technology Courses.”

Hora, Chhabra, and Smolarek
Hora (left), Chhabra, and Smolarek

Hora is the director of UW–Madison’s Center for Research on College-Workforce Transitions (CCWT), which is housed within the School of Education’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research. He also serves as an assistant professor of adult and higher education.

Chhabra and Smolarek are both PhD students in the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

The paper reports on the results of “a qualitative, exploratory study examining how community college instructors defined and taught communication and teamwork competencies in their computer technology classrooms,” according to the article abstract.

The abstract concludes that “while faculty participants in this study considered teamwork and communication skills to be important, their classroom teaching was insufficiently student-centered to truly cultivate these skills.”

The authors argue that instructors need “more training, resources, and support structures … to better cultivate the communication and teamwork skills of their students.”

Learn more and access the full article at tandfonline.com, here.