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Author Tran, Le Huu Nghia, author

Title Building soft skills for employability : challenges and practices in Vietnam / Tran Le Huu Nghia
Published Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2020
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Description 1 online resource
Series Routledge Research in Higher Education
Routledge research in higher education
Contents Cover; Half Title; Series Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; List of tables; Acknowledgements; Introduction: Soft skills and graduate employability; 1. The surge in developing soft skills for students in higher education; What are soft skills?; Nature of soft skills; What soft skills are the most relevant for the 21st century?; Soft-skills-development initiatives in higher education worldwide; Conclusion; References; 2. Soft-skills implementation: A literature review; Introduction; Soft-skills implementation at the national level
Elements in soft-skills-implementation modelsThe present study; Factors influencing Vietnamese universities' adoption of a soft-skillsdevelopment model; Conclusion; Notes; References; 5. Contextual factors and leadership for soft-skills policy implementation: Lessons from two Vietnamese universities; Introduction; How soft skills are developed for students; The role of leadership and management for soft-skills implementation; The present study; Conclusion; Note; References; 6. Teaching soft skills in Vietnamese universities: Teachers' beliefs, behaviors, and influential factors; Introduction
Internship experience and the development of students' employabilityFactors influencing students' experience with the internship; The present study; Influential factors in Vietnamese students' internship experience; Conclusion; Note; References; 9. Students' experience with developing soft skills via participation in extracurricular activities; Introduction; Extracurricular activities and employability skills; Context for developing employability skills via extracurricular activities in Vietnamese universities; The present study; The contribution of ECAs to students' employability skills
Soft-skills implementation at the institutional levelSoft-skills implementation at the subject level; Soft-skills implementation via extracurricular or co-curricular activities; Conclusion; References; 3. The context of soft-skills implementation in Vietnamese universities; Skills deficit in Vietnam: A hindrance to its future development; Developing soft skills in Vietnamese higher education; Conclusion; Note; References; 4. Models for the development of soft skills for students in Vietnamese universities; Introduction; Context of soft-skills implementation in Vietnamese HE
Teaching soft skills in higher education: Prospects and challengesContext of teaching soft skills in Vietnamese universities; Research methods; Qualitative findings; Quantitative findings; Discussion and conclusion; Note; References; 7. Assessing soft skills: Practices and challenges; Introduction; Literature review; Methods; Findings; Discussion and conclusion; Note; Notes; References; 8. The contribution of internships to students' development of employability; Introduction; Employability, employability capital, and employment outcomes
Summary This book is among the first of its kind to comprehensively examine the implementation of soft skills in universities in the developing country, Vietnam. The context is unique as the implementation is taking place within the distinctive socio-economic, cultural and political characteristics of the country, amidst several simultaneously-executed educational reforms. Tran lays down the foundation for discussion by providing readers with a comprehensive review of how soft skills implementation has come into existence in higher education across the globe, before diving into the implementation of soft skills in Vietnamese universities. He goes on to highlight the interesting differences in the conceptualization of soft skills between Vietnamese universities and those in the West. The book depicts and compares how university leaders and managers tackle contextual factors, submit to constraints enforced by political forces, and how they use institutional advantages available for implementation. It goes further to examine how personal and contextual factors affect teachers' and students' engagement with the implementation, and highlights the role of work-integrated learning and extra-curricular activities in developing soft skills for students. Finally, the book investigates the contribution of external stakeholders, such as alumni, employers, skills experts, and local authorities, to the implementation and obstacles that prevent their participation. This book will be a valuable reference for the implementation of soft skills in higher education around the world
Notes Students' experience with the effectiveness of certain types of ECAs
Tran Le Huu Nghia is currently teaching at Faculty of Education, Monash University (Australia). He is also an honorary researcher at Ton Duc Thang University (Vietnam). He worked eight years in the Vietnamese higher education sector prior to coming to Australia where he worked as a research fellow for Deakin University and Swinburne University of Technology. He completed the Master of Lifelong Learning: Policy and Management (2007-2009), a program coordinated by three prestigious European universities: Aarhus University (Denmark), Bilbao University (Spain) and Institute of Education (the United Kingdom). Then as an Endeavour Postgraduate Awardee (2012-2016), he completed his Ph.D., with a focus on higher education studies, at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He has produced several research outputs, including articles in high impact journal such as Higher Education, Teaching and Teacher Education, Teaching in Higher Education, Journal of Education and Work, and International Journal of Education Development. His research interests include teaching and learning for employability, teacher education, international education, and teaching English as a second language
Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on October 16, 2019)
Subject Career education -- Vietnam
Education, Higher -- Vietnam
Soft skills
Vocational education -- Vietnam
Education, Higher.
Soft skills.
Vocational education.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0429276494