Measurement of soft skills in a project of university teaching innovation
In the three-year period 2016-2018 the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia activated a
project dedicated to Competency based learning and teaching (CBLT) aimed at identifying
through experimental methods the relation between the development of soft skills in the
university and the use of active teaching methods. Through the measurement of soft skills
(in particular problem solving and team working) at the start and at the end of the semester
for 973 students involved in a teaching experimentation in 16 courses, variances in scores between
pre-test and post-test were found and compared with the scores of the control group
(236 students). We found moderate variances for both groups, higher for the experimental
group. They are negatively correlated with pre-test scores and more evident for problem solving
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