Acquiring Competencies Through Teamwork Activity: A Case Study

Acquiring Competencies Through Teamwork Activity: A Case Study

Esteban Pérez-Calderón (University of Extremadura, Spain), María Pache-Durán (University of Extremadura, Spain), Beatriz Rosado-Cebrián (University of Extremadura, Spain), Jorge M. Prieto-Ballester (University of Extremadura, Spain) and Patricia Milanés-Montero (University of Extremadura, Spain)
Copyright: © 2019 |Pages: 16
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7675-4.ch003

Abstract

Employability is a crucial aspect of the European Higher Education Area. Thus, the overriding aim of curricula is the integration of knowledge (specific competencies) and personal/ occupational skills (generic/ transversal competencies). The teamwork competency is important in achieving the goal of graduate employability. Applied to the case of the financial management subject at the University of Extremadura (Spain), this study analyses the assessments of a group of students and a group of teachers of the use of teamwork activity in the acquisition of knowledge and generic competencies. The findings, both for students and teachers, lead to recommend that the centres quality committees advise the use of teamwork in subjects which do not yet apply this learning methodology.
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Concept Of Competency In The European Higher Education Area. The Teamwork Competency

The challenge of responding to the problem of unemployment in the EU, especially as concerns younger people, has re-emerged strongly in the past decade with the economic crisis. Thus, one of the key aspects in further education today should be the development of occupational competencies in workers and their transfer to jobs (Jiménez, 1996). This is a challenge shared by public universities across Europe, as is stated in the Declaration signed at Bologna (EU, 1999). Accordingly, European education strategies have paid special attention to graduate employability.

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