A study examining the effects of a training program focused on problem-solving skills for young adults

Bora Lee, Yoonhee Lee

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Abstract

There is widespread recognition that 21st century skills are important for youth to develop in a fast-changing digital era. The current study examined the effectiveness of an 8-week out-of-school program targeted to develop youth's problem-solving skills. A quasi-experimental design with an experimental (n = 25; Mage = 23.54) and comparison group (n = 32; Mage = 25.63) and repeatedly measured outcomes was applied. Furthermore, outcomes were assessed by three different sources, namely self, direct observer, and rater. Results suggest that youth's problem-solving skills, particularly when measured by others, improved after program participation. However, using self-report measures, there was lack of evidence that problem-solving skills improved through program participation. Conceptual and practical implications with regards to the results are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100692
JournalThinking Skills and Creativity
Volume37
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Sep

Keywords

  • 21st century skills
  • Career development
  • Career education
  • Out-of-school programs
  • Problem-solving skills

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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