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ERIC Number: EJ810736
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0304-3797
Training Social Competence in Engineering Education: Necessary, Possible or Not Even Desirable? An Explorative Study from a Surveying Education Programme
Emilsson, U. Melin; Lilje, B.
European Journal of Engineering Education, v33 n3 p259-269 Jun 2008
The aim of this paper is to discuss whether "social competence" is necessary for engineers to contribute to sustainable development and if it is, how to teach communication, group-processes and leadership in technical environments like engineering education programmes. The article reflects on a pedagogical project carried out in the education of land surveyors in Sweden, aimed to develop and test a pedagogical model for teaching engineering students "social competence". The findings showed that use of theories in social sciences and group oriented teaching may contribute to training communicative skills. But to include social competence in the engineering education it is necessary to start with the teachers' roles, training them in demonstrating the social dimensions in the professional situations. It also could be of great value to invite engineers from various workplaces to act like role models within the education programme. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Sweden