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Why Didn't You Learn This at Recording School? Critical Comments by Employers

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This article explores the optional clarification sections of my 2013 doctoral dissertation that asked Employers about the skills their New Hires possessed. The Employers of the doctoral dissertation reported that their New Hires were lacking communication and listening skills. A review of the literature shows that a need for these communication skills has been present since the late 1980s, and that engineers in the industry have placed some of this blame on the curriculum of formal Audio Engineering Technology (AET) programs. The mixed-methods survey instrument from the original doctoral study was re-analyzed in order to focus on the specific optional clarification comments made by Employers. The results of this re-analysis showed that the New Hires lacked the essential communication skills Employers’ wanted. It was concluded that the New Hires current curriculum failed to teach communication and listening skills, and that the absence of a situated recording studio environment was one of the major factors. This paper also identifies the need for more research that includes the Employers and New Hires and directly involves AET educators and their institutions.

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