Development of Higher Education Skills and Competencies

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Aim: To demonstrate thedevelopment of highereducation skills andcompetencies Introduction:Use first person pronouns towrite a short introduction
TABLE OF CONTENTSAIM.................................................................................................................................................1INTRODUCTION...........................................................................................................................1Difference between education pattern and skills required for school and university education1Engagement with critical thinking...............................................................................................2Independent learning and skill development for higher education.............................................2CONCLUSION...............................................................................................................................4REFERENCES...............................................................................................................................5
AIMTo demonstrate the development of higher education skills and competencies.INTRODUCTIONThe higher education process varies greatly from the school education in terms oflearning process, objectives as well as purpose. There is need of specific skills and competenciesfor achieving learning outcomes(Assiter, 2017). In my opinion the skills which helped me in myschool education needs addition and improvement so that with the same efficiency I can gainhigher education. The skill which seems to be most dominating in the course of shift from schoolto higher education is self management(Ding, Wei and Mollohan, 2016). In schools I used to getguidance and assistance from teachers, friends as well as parents in all aspects of education.However, with higher education as required I am learning to manage my studies through variousskill development. In the below sections of the document I will discuss the development of skillsrequired for the higher education.Difference between education pattern and skills required for school and university educationAs soon as, I became familiar with the University education pattern I came to know thevast range of differences in the learning pattern. In school my teachers used to instruct me eachand everything like what I must read, how tasks needs to be performed and how I must learn.However, in university I need to be more independent and good at decision making and criticalthinking skill. In higher education also teachers used to give assignments and instructions but itrelies completely on my decision that when I want to study and how I will do that. The first skillwhich I feel mandatory for the higher education is self management and realisation. Earlier in myschool my teachers used to motivate me to learn through rewards or punishment.Thus, despite having no idea about end goals I was required to learn with assumption thatif teachers are instructing then it must be followed without critical thinking. Contrary to this incollege teachers no longer emphasis on motivating me. It depends completely on me to choosewhat is good for my learning and what is not. Along with the ability to critically analyse thesituations I also need to have communication skills which can help me to enhance my network orthe team work abilities.In schools since all students are responsibility of the teachers I along with the otherstudents used to engage only with my friend circle. I always assumed that having just few friendsin the class is enough and there is no need to explore communication with others. However, in1
university for exploring knowledge, notes and skills I must have large networks which can helpme in accessing educational resources as well as to make my learning process more qualitativeand productive.Engagement with critical thinkingI believe that in school especially while receiving primary education I used to lack criticalthinking and analysis process. For instance I used to follow the same piece of learning materialand style as refereed by the teachers without making any judgements or the critical analysis. Thisapproach changed significantly. In university I used to have critical thinking as an integral part ofthe learning process. For example in higher education I am required to explore wide range ofstudy sources. After reading any lesson I make a slight understanding of the topic and thinkcritically that how it has met learning outcomes and what information it has not given. After thatI used to analyse some other works as well so that on the basis of critical analysis I can makebetter judgements regarding the best approach for my study.I have also observed that in the higher education critical thinking is involved in each andevery aspect due to increased maturity. For instance in schools since I was not much consciousabout my future I used to have less critical approach in following instruction of teachers,choosing to learn method, making friends as well as on selection of subjects. My only basis ofmaking selection in school was happiness, comfort and personal preferences. On the other handin college I have gained more maturity and experience thus my each and every choice anddecision is based upon my professional goals and critical thinking. Before choosing any subjector the skill development I first made a critical judgement that what possible outcomes it willhave and how it will affect my education process.Independent learning and skill development for higher educationIn response to the above competencies and skills I cannot excel in my higher educationwithout developing following skills.Academic discourse:Contrary to the schools the higher education requires more effective communication sothat learning process can be improved(Mir, 2015). I will try to encourage my participation in theclassroom discussions so that instead of mere listening skills I can also develop skill to askfrequent questions and to response quickly. For developing these skills I must pay attention tothe class room so that I can confidently put my perspective and doubts.2
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