DOI: 10.5176/2301-394X_ACE17.134

Authors: Jaser K. Mahasneh and Walid Y. Thabet

Abstract:

The high level of soft skills among construction schools graduates has become an important target for construction academia. Based on the United States construction industry viewpoint, a previous study by the authors shows that the construction schools graduates have a gap in performing the needed level of soft skills while they are in their entry-level positions. The authors argue that the currently adopted solutions by academia to bridge the soft skills gap were defined as unstructured and unclear. In this paper, the authors propose the results of their study on how to integrate soft skills in construction curriculum. The Quality Function Deployment (QFD) Method was used as a theoretical framework for the study which resulted in developing four curriculum models. It is hoped that these results will help other educators in construction academia and will facilitate the way of allocating more weight for soft skills while designing construction curriculum.

Keywords: Construction Education, Construction Industry, Curriculum, Soft Skills, QFD

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