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Developing employability skills through SEL competency training
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Paper presented at the Asia-Pacific Education Research Association (APERA) Conference, Singapore, 26-28 November 2008.
Based on a research study of multinational companies in some countries, Brown (2003) stated many CEOs are still in a "war for talents" because few people have "employability" - a quality reflecting one’s self-reliance, personal drive and interpersonal skills. According to Kathleen Cotton, there are 3 components in
Employability Skills: Basic Skills, Higher Order Thinking Skills and Affective Skills.
When interviewed on the expectations of employers for the fourth public university, they expressed unanimously the need to develop soft skills in the graduates of the fourth university. SEL is currently taught to all students at all levels. Through the 5 components of SEL( Self Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness,
Relationship Management, Responsible Decision Making) which emphasize on selfefficacy, perspective taking, appreciating diversity, respect for others, organization skills, cooperation, team work, problem solving and ethical responsibility, the communication, higher order thinking and affective skills required on employability can be fostered in students with relevant experiential learning.
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