A Qualitative Analysis of Undergraduate Sport Management Student Skill and Awareness Development At an International Sports Event

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The purpose of the research was to explore the participants’ skill development while involved in the X Games Student Work Program work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunity for students. Using a phenomenological method, the study revealed the student development of hard and soft skills. Soft skills exhibited were communication, cultural awareness, and awareness of individuals with disabilities, whereas hard skills emphasized the connection between the classroom and practical application. Due to the increased globalization of sports, the results of this study indicated the importance of providing students opportunities to gain experience at international sports events in preparation for the professional industry.

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Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Education

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