Victoria V. Dobrova
Samara State Technical University
Polina G. Labzina
Samara State Technical University
Enhancement of engineering soft skills development: eu countries experience
Dobrova V.V., Labzina P.G. Enhancement of engineering soft skills development: EU countries experience. Vestnik of Kostroma State University. Series: Pedagogy. Psychology. Sociokinetics, 2020, vol. 26, № 2, pp. 238-243 (In Russ.). DOI 10.34216/2073-1426-2020-26-2-238-243
DOI: 10.34216/2073-1426-2020-26-2-238-243
УДК: 378:62
Publish date: 2020-03-24
Annotation: Recently, the quality of graduates and their ability to meet the needs of employers became widely discussed worldwide. Despite the enormous importance of academic knowledge and cognitive abilities, today employment opportunities are more determined on the basis of the concept of soft skills. In Russia, this problem is still unsolved: the training programs of most universities are based on traditional methods with little or no time devoted to the soft skills development. In Europe, this situation has been relevant for several decades due to the global changes in the economy and, accordingly, an acute shortage of jobs. Therefore, the issues of employment and the quality of competencies and skills of graduates have already been studied a lot. The vast experience of Europe can be borrowed by Russian universities, which are just beginning to move towards the development of soft skills and the awareness of the need for their development within the framework of university disciplines. The article describes terminological variations, analyzes different methods and approaches to training and assessing soft skills, as well as presents the best practices of EU countries on teaching soft skills.
Keywords: soft skills, 21st century skills, competencies, employment, constructivism, situational learning, personality-oriented learning.
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Author's info: Dobrova Victoria Vadimovna, ORCID 0000-0002-3037-4797, Ph. D. in Psychology, Associate Professor, Samara State Technical University, Samara, Russia. E-mail: victoria_dob@mail.ru
Co-author's info: Labzina Polina Glebovna, ORCID 0000-0002-1470-0134, Ph. D. in Pedagogy, Samara State Technical University, Samara, Russia. E-mail: labzinapg@mail.ru