Friday, April 29, 2016

Research Blog 10 Abstract

College classrooms provide a very strong technical and factual education to students. However, in the area of ‘soft skills’ classrooms fall short in delivering the adequate level of training and preparation. Soft skills are defined as a cluster of emotional traits and intelligences including communication, language, interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence, leadership, and management; all in all, soft skills are traits that characterize interpersonal relationships. In today’s workplace, soft skills are one of the most sought after traits in employees. Fraternities and sororities provide constant social interaction as well as unique opportunities such as mixers, philanthropy events, leadership roles, and chapter meetings which all develop and sharpen soft skills. Members of these organizations leave college with a greater set of soft skills than non members and these skills can be a huge predictor of success in life after college.

Research blog 10 Bibliography

Works Cited

Dabke, Deepika. "Soft Skills As A Predictor Of Perceived Internship Effectiveness And
Permanent Placement Opportunity." IUP Journal Of Soft Skills 9.4 (2015): 26
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Deepa, S., and Manisha Seth. "Do Soft Skills Matter? – Implications For Educators Based On
Recruiters' Perspective." IUP Journal Of Soft Skills 7.1 (2013): 7-20. Business Source
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DeSantis, Alan D. Inside Greek U.: Fraternities, Sororities, and the Pursuit of Pleasure, Power,
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Long, Larry D. "Unchallenged, Professed Core Values: Do Undergraduate Fraternity/Sorority
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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Research Blog #9 Argument and Counter-Argument

Argument: Fraternities and sororities are organizations in which members develop and sharpen their soft skills due to various situations and opportunities these organizations provide. Some of these soft skills that will be highlighted in my paper include leadership, self-efficacy, interpersonal skills, and communication skills.
Counter-Argument: Because of their social nature, fraternities and sororities attract individuals who already posses these developed soft skills.

-This article deals with first year fraternity members academics as opposed to non-fraternity members. Although this articles goal is to prove greek organization students do not suffer setbacks in academics this does not support my argument. I am looking to add how greek organization members excel compared to non greek organization members. Based on the findings in this article, there is no difference between greek life members and non members and it is in conflict with what I want to argue. There are numerous conflicting studies online dealing with the benefits of greek organizations on whether they do benefit members in academic areas. Although this article does not exactly deal with my topic it is important that there are published studies that state fraternities and sororities do not benefit members in certain skills and academics.

Source used:
Martin, Georgianna L., et al. "New Evidence On The Effects Of Fraternity And Sorority Affiliation During The First Year Of College." Journal Of College Student Development 52.5 (2011): 543-559. ERIC. Web. 7 Apr. 2016

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Lit Reivew #5 Self-Efficacy and Learning in Sorority and Fraternity Students

2) Thompson, Jon G, Crystal D Oberle, and Jennifer L Lilley. "Self-Efficacy And Learning In Sorority And Fraternity Students." Journal Of College Student Development 6 (2011): 749. Project MUSE. Web. 3 Apr. 2016.

3) Summary: Self Efficacy is defined as ones perceived ability to obtain a desired outcome and succeed in situations, somewhat like confidence. The purpose of this study was to see if members of fraternities and sororities had higher self efficacy than non members. This is important because Self-efficacy is correlated with many positives such as achievement. The study found members of greek organizations had statistically significant higher scores of self efficacy. Self efficacy scores on this test were also positively correlated with ratings of effort to learn materials and do well academically. 

4) Author(s): (Jon Thompson and Jennifer Liley were students under Crystal D. Oberle when this research was done.)
Dr. Crystal D. Oberle: Has a PhD and is an associate professor at Texas State University. Psychology professor with a main focus in cognition and learning. Has received various awards for teaching and has published a large amount of research and articles.

5) Key Terms:
Self Efficacy: ones belief in ones ability to succeed in certain situations or accomplish a task. Plays a major role in how one approaches a task. 
Achievement: Positively correlated with self efficacy. The attitude or confidence level an individual approaches a task can effect the degree and level of achievement.

6) Quotes: 

1: "Regarding self-efficacy, greek students had higher scores than non-greek students, and self efficacy scores were positively correlated with ratings of effort to learn the material and to do well on the test." (Liley, Oberle, and Thompson 751).

2: " [Greek Students had] Higher learning effort ratings, test effort ratings, and self efficacy scores." (Liley, Oberle, and Thompson 750).

3: "These findings may benefit organizations that govern the Greek population at universities. To set the example as superior organizations, fraternities and sororities should take steps to mold the younger candidates and members into more scholarly students"(Liley, Oberle, and Thompson 752).

7) Value: Self-efficacy can be constituted as a soft skill. This article supports my argument that greek organizations score higher on soft skills. For my paper I will use this research and then tie in personal examples of how greek life can benefit self efficacy. 

Research Blog #8 Case

My case has changed from my research proposal but I have finally come at a final "case" or topic my paper will discuss. I will start by giving a definition of soft skills and than talk about what skills constitute as 'soft skills'. A few of these skills that will be talked about in my paper are interpersonal skills, communication skills, leadership, and emotional intelligence. I will use research as well as personal accounts and examples to show how being in a greek organization has further helped develop these skills and in some cases help individuals who prior did not have these skills acquire them. Based off all this I will show how being a member of a greek organization prepares individuals to be successful in the business world after college. I have many articles on the importance of soft skills in the workplace, as well as how fraternities indeed do develop these skills. I will use examples of certain situations and activities greek life provides which can bolster these skills. I will also use personal interviews of individuals in the real world who have benefited from being a member of a greek organization.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Research blog #7 Frame

At this point in my project I have a decent idea of what I am doing but I still have a few questions I will discuss with Professor Goeller when I meet with him this Wednesday. Most academic sources I have and am using are emphasizing the importance and practicality of soft skills. Although this a main component of my paper I am still missing a good amount of information on greek life and its relationship to soft skills. I will get more sources on this when I have decided on a final argument and counter argument for my paper. There are many different angles I am considering writing my paper using but I am not entirely sure which one would be the best and which I could write the strongest paper around. The academic sources I have now for my soft skills portion of the paper are very strong and when I decide on a correct angle I will look to find more strong sources for my paper.

Research Blog #6 Visual

Deepa, S., and Manisha Seth. "Do Soft Skills Matter? – Implications For Educators Based On Recruiters' Perspective." IUP Journal Of Soft Skills 7.1 (2013): 7-20. Business Source Premier. Web. 28 Mar. 2016.

- My paper deals with the importance of soft skills and how greek life can enhance and further develop these skills. For my image I wanted something that easily and clearly show the importance of soft skills. This image is from a survey to recruiting professionals on whether or not they believe soft skills are important. The results are extremely one sided and do show clearly that soft skills are very important in the workplace today. Almost 9/10 professionals agree they are important which is overwhelming evidence supporting my argument.