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Developing Professional Competences Through Building Narratives of Life Experiences

Author(s) Rubinstein Reich, L., Eriksson Sjöö, T., Fresko, B., & Sild Lönroth, C.  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2007  
Editor Ross, A. (ed) Citizenship Education in Society  
Language English  
Age group -  
Making judgements and communication skills are key competences in first stage higher education in the Bologna process. Adult citizenship education should be part of this, and promote equality, justice, respect for others and democratic participation. This paper presents ongoing work at Malmö University, Sweden, on how students make use of experiences from outside higher education to develop important professional interpersonal skills such as empathy, perspective taking and value clarification. Acknowledging students' non-academic skills and experiences and relating them to professional development. Students without a strong academic background have the opportunity to feel equal, increasing feelings of self-worth and thus their likelihood of completing their studies.

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