Validation of Modified Soft Skills Assessment Instrument (MOSSAI) for use in Nigeria

Validation of Modified Soft Skills Assessment Instrument (MOSSAI) for use in Nigeria

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Validation of Modified Soft Skills Assessment Instrument (MOSSAI) for use in Nigeria

It has become an accepted norm nearly all over the globe to teach and assess soft skills. However, in Nigeria, it is an emerging area of interest that needs to be addressed squarely. In the light of the fore-going this study intends to validate a Modified version of Assessing Soft Skills (MASS) (an instrument that was developed and used by twenty European researchers from five countries), for use in the Nigeria setting. Thus, it was administered on a sample randomly selected from the northern and southern parts of Nigeria. The design for the study was survey. The 15-point instrument was administered on 600 participants each from the Northern and Southern parts of Nigeria. This instrument also includes method for teaching and assessing soft skills. The resulting data were analyzed using factor analysis for section B of the instrument, mean and standard deviation for sections C and D. Result shows that the soft skills needed for enhanced performances in workplace are teachable and examinable in Nigerian educational system. It is therefore recommended that the examining bodies should consider adapting the instrument for use in Sub-Saharan Africa.Keywords: Soft Skills, Teaching of Soft Skills, Soft Skills Assessment, and Strategies for Assessing Soft Skills.

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