Student Perceptions of Soft Skills and Career Decision Self-Efficacy Attained Through Participation in SAE Programs
Haddad, Rebekah J.
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This study sought to assess student perceptions of soft skills and career decision self-efficacy attained through participation in Supervised Agriculture Experience programs. This study attempted to describe the demographics of the selected sample, describe the career decision self-efficacy and perceived soft skill attainment of high school agricultural education students, and describe the relationship between SAE and career decision self-efficacy and perceived soft skill development. This study found no significant difference in career decision self-efficacy or perceived soft skill attainment between those who participated in SAE and those who did not. A positive significant impact was noted for career decision self-efficacy and perceived soft skill attainment between those who had placement and exploratory SAEs with the exception of problem solving. This would suggest that students participating in programs that require greater investment and student input are receiving greater perceived skill attainment and efficacy through their experience.