The hard work of soft skills: augmenting the project-based learning experience with interdisciplinary teamwork

  title={The hard work of soft skills: augmenting the project-based learning experience with interdisciplinary teamwork},
  author={Jane S. Vogler and Penny Thompson and David W. Davis and Blayne E. Mayfield and Patrick M. Finley and Dar Yasseri},
  journal={Instructional Science},
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