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Pages: 5294-5298
Publication year: 2017
ISBN: 978-84-697-6957-7
ISSN: 2340-1095
doi: 10.21125/iceri.2017.1387

Conference name: 10th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 16-18 November, 2017
Location: Seville, Spain

ENHANCING STUDENTS’ PERCEIVED SOFT SKILLS COMPETENCES THROUGH EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

“Employers now seek college graduates who not only demonstrate hard abilities, but also have developed soft skills necessary to succeed in industry. Strengthening professionally-oriented training in college degree programs by means of experiential learning and collaborations with the professional world may help students to make a successful transition in the global marketplace. Here we investigated whether baseline conditions may bias the interpretation that the transition to professional life through experiential learning (e.g., based on a real-life project linked to a collaborating company) increases students’ perception of their cross-disciplinary competencies. Changes in perceived competency in 21 soft skills were assessed before and after no intervention by using a newly designed questionnaire with a 7-Likert scale. The sample was comprised of 21 international students enrolled in the double degree in International Business at European University of Madrid. Findings demonstrated significant positive changes after baseline conditions in students’ perception of an overall level of soft skills competency. Specifically, key positive changes both in level and improvement of specific competences were for organization and planning, analytic thinking, negotiating capacity, and ethical commitment (honesty). In conclusion, we found evidence that experiential learning with professionally-oriented approaches need of strong (quasi) experimental methodologies that include control groups. Certainly, more studies are needed to elucidate the impact of experiential learning in competency-based education with comparison of baseline conditions.”
@InProceedings{ABANADES2017ENH,
author = {Abanades, M. and Baena, V. and Gonzalez-Cuevas, G. and Jimenez, M. and Marina, E. and Pinto, A.J.},
title = {ENHANCING STUDENTS’ PERCEIVED SOFT SKILLS COMPETENCES THROUGH EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING},
series = {10th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation},
booktitle = {ICERI2017 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-697-6957-7},
issn = {2340-1095},
doi = {10.21125/iceri.2017.1387},
url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.21125/iceri.2017.1387},
publisher = {IATED},
location = {Seville, Spain},
month = {16-18 November, 2017},
year = {2017},
pages = {5294-5298}}
TY - CONF
AU - M. Abanades AU - V. Baena AU - G. Gonzalez-Cuevas AU - M. Jimenez AU - E. Marina AU - A.J. Pinto
TI - ENHANCING STUDENTS’ PERCEIVED SOFT SKILLS COMPETENCES THROUGH EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING
SN - 978-84-697-6957-7/2340-1095
DO - 10.21125/iceri.2017.1387
PY - 2017
Y1 - 16-18 November, 2017
CI - Seville, Spain
JO - 10th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
JA - ICERI2017 Proceedings
SP - 5294
EP - 5298
ER -
M. Abanades, V. Baena, G. Gonzalez-Cuevas, M. Jimenez, E. Marina, A.J. Pinto (2017) ENHANCING STUDENTS’ PERCEIVED SOFT SKILLS COMPETENCES THROUGH EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING, ICERI2017 Proceedings, pp. 5294-5298.
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