July 26, 2010

Development and application of interpersonal skills in different contexts

My broad argument is that doing something well in terms of cognitive development, the affective domain or development of psycho-motor skills can be used as a basis for development in other areas too. Here I want to say something about the development of interpersonal skills in relation to higher skills development more generally.

A 'Listening and Interpersonal Skills Review' was produced in 2007 by Therese Shepherd, Julia Braham and Carol Elston of the University of Leeds. Their paper offers the non-subject specialist an overview of the literature which has influenced the development of listening and interpersonal skills in UK higher education.  It refers to articles, seminal texts and writers within the field.  The importance of these skills within occupational and educational domains is also highlighted. See: http://www.learnhigher.ac.uk/Download-document/293-Literature-Review-Listening-and-Interpersonal-Skills-19-06-07_1.htm.

However, transfer of knowledge between education and work in professional contexts is problematic, because of the challenge of combining the various relevant aspects of knowledge and skill into an integrated, holistic, performance (Michael Eraut has written about this - see, for example, http://www.mofet.macam.ac.il/iun-archive/mechkar/pdf/TransferofKnowledge.pdfor http://www.ou.nl/Docs/Expertise/OTEC/Publicaties/els%20boshuizen/deel3.pdfor http://learningtobeprofessional.pbworks.com/f/CHAPTER+A2+MICHAEL+ERAUT.pdf).

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