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ERIC Number: EJ831926
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0304-3797
The Emergence of the Skills Approach in Industry and Its Consequences for the Training of Engineers
Pascail, Laurent
European Journal of Engineering Education, v31 n1 p55-61 Mar 2006
It is striking to notice that the notion of skill is not only used in industry but also in higher education in most major industrialized countries. If a significant number of companies have taken a skills approach, one notices that this term is also used in higher education to determine teaching programmes according to a simple idea: higher education no longer simply seeks to transmit knowledge but to train students in skills that they will be able to use themselves and in the development of the economy, as well as work situations that they will encounter once they leave school. One cannot help but notice the emergence of this notion of skills both in industry and in higher education. As researchers, we are in a position to observe, follow and evaluate the establishment of the skills approach in industry; as teachers we must take part in the skills approach initiated by our engineering school, the Ecole des Mines de Nantes. The use of the term "skills approach" in both cases leads one to believe that there is some form of coherence between the two projects and even that the skills approach in higher education is a direct response and an adaptation to the skills approach initiated in industry. This is why it seems worthwhile to elucidate what we mean by the skills approach in industry, to clear up any ambiguities and try to measure what could be, from our point of view, the conclusions that an engineering school can draw for itself given the emergence of the notion of skills in industry.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: France