Engineering soft skills development to avoid hard knocks

Rashmi Dravid, A Duncan

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Abstract

Engineering and technology sectors have long recognised the importance of soft skills for successful career progression. Research suggests that soft skills are better developed when acquired and practiced than taught. The research describes initial reflections on the potential of discipline-oriented, web-based resource for Personal Development Planning (PDP) to promote and support learner's engagement with personal development and their increased employability awareness. The research further seeks to evaluate the effectiveness of the PDP resource in `engineering - developing, fostering and practicing' engagement with PDP processes such as skills articulation, reflection on learning, and action-planning, within students' learning experiences. Outcomes from initial evaluation are suggestive of resource's success in elucidating links between personal development and employability to learners. The future runs of the research, which is a work in progress, would clarify resource's influence on learner's engagement with personal development and ongoing employability.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2011 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference
Place of PublicationNew Jersey, USA
PublisherIEEE
Pages354-357
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781612846439
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011
Event2011 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON) - Amman, Jordan
Duration: 4 Apr 20116 Apr 2011

Conference

Conference2011 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON)
Abbreviated titleEDUCON
CountryJordan
CityAmman
Period4/04/116/04/11

Keywords

  • Engineering
  • Engineering soft skills development
  • Engineering education

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