Master's Theses


Communication Studies

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Our nation's education system is under increasing pressure to improve and make the changes necessary to prepare a new gene ration of leaders and workers. The SCANS reports outlined five general areas where schools should direct their resources in order to meet the challenges of the future. One of these areas, interpersonal competencies is the subject of this research. Educational reform encompasses a broad range of issues, opportunities, and challenges. This research looks at some of these including relevant instruction, life-long learning, and curriculum integration. Each of these is related to the study of the SCANS interpersonal skills which was the main focus of the research. Four to five teachers from four high schools volunteered to take part in the study which used a focus group approach to collect the data. The findings showed four out of six of the SCANS interpersonal competencies with widespread use throughout the curriculum of the schools involved with the study. The study also showed teaching methodology changing to meet the needs of students as they prepare for life after high school.


Willis M. Watt

Date of Award

Spring 1995

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


© 1995 Steven L. Nilhas


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