Principles of Best Practice for the Integration of Transversal Skills in the Curricula of Further and Higher Education Programmes
Transversal Skills , Globalisation , Curriculum Development
The erosion of job security, technological change, globalisation and change in the economic climate has led to changing career directions and a new emphasis on employability and transferable skills. There is a consensus that the best defence for uncertainty in terms of how we prepare learners for an unknown future workplace, is to develop their transversal skills. There is broad agreement about the likely transferable skills requirements of the future, namely, collaboration skills, digital skills, self-management skills and meta-cognitive skills. How and when these skills can be identified and developed is the challenge for education institutions. Traditionally, the way of teaching these skills was context-independent, had a generic approach and often taught separately to the vocational or technical matter being delivered. More recently, education institutions are moving away from this paradigm to a more human-centric approach where the context is central and the skills are integrated into the core subjects/modules. It is suggest that the best way to teach transversal skills is to integrate them into the curriculum being designed in the form of clear objectives, learning outcomes, delivered using appropriate teaching methodologies and evaluated using appropriate evaluation tools. Transversal skills are important characteristics for the 21st century that foster a growth mindset and a love of learning for life. Not only do they contribute to an individual’s professional and work life – they can also help people live happier lives.
Maunsell, P. (2023) Principles of Best Practice for the Integration of Transversal Skills in the Curricula of Further and Higher Education Programmes. Working Paper 1. LCETB.