Mar '21

The IUP Journal of Soft Skills

Focus

Leaders across the world have always emphasized the role and importance of soft skills in professional and personal effectiveness and it has become a part of curriculum in the 21st century education system. The pandemic has once again reinforced that it is not only what employees achieve but also how they act during crises that is extremely significant. The rare soft skills like resilience to withstand the prevailing gloom of the pandemic has become a determinant of employee effectiveness. Also, small acts of sensitivity, empathy and kindness at the workplace reflect the culture of respect for human values that go a long way in influencing organizational effectiveness. The paper entitled, "The Dynamics of Soft Skills" by Manishankar Chakraborty, highlights the importance and dynamism of soft skills in strategic planning and implementation besides stressing the role of context-based soft skills training.

Is knowledge equivalent to remembrance? Aristotle, one of the great philosophers says, we excel in what we repeatedly do. Hence, repetition or rote learning can be one among the powerful learning methods. However, modern educators are critical of rote learning which narrowly emphasizes memory than critical process of reasoning the content learned. Hence, they call for abandoning such an outdated technique of learning in the 21st century. However, many also argue that it is the foundation to higher levels of learning and hence, it is imperative to spend time for practicing the skills. The paper, "The Impact of Rote Learning at Tertiary Level" by M Ponmani focuses on the impact of rote learning at the tertiary level and explores possible alternatives that can be offered to the learners in the ESL context.

In this modern world, learning is rooted in learners' needs and preferences. Hence, many educators say that learners must take responsibility of what they learn and how they learn than merely learning from the teacher. In this unprecedented world of knowledge explosion, autonomous approach to learning or self-directed learning which gives a learner the right and responsibility to take charge of own learning by self-directing or controlling learning activities is fast becoming prominent. The paper, "Teachers' Perception of Autonomous Learning: Take It with a Pinch of Salt" by Ali Rahimi and Zahra Fahimi, highlights the importance of autonomy of learning that is fast attracting the attention of educators and researchers alike. It explores the Iranian EFL teachers' intuition and understanding of learner autonomy and their perceptions of teachers' roles in autonomous learning with an objective of understanding teachers' awareness of the concept and benefits of autonomous learning.

Establishing rapport is about creating an environment of trust, understanding and respect that gives freedom to express self is one of the first pillars of NLP. It creates the space to listen to another person, even if not agree with what the other says or does. A person can enter into other's world see, feel and understand life from their perspective resulting in enhancing the whole relationship. It implies meeting people in their model of the world and having an ability to be in tune with the person you work with, or empathize with their problems. It helps to understand the persons, bosses, colleagues and avoid any conflicts. The paper, "Building Rapport - Bridge the CHASM Based on Neuro Linguistic Programming and Other International Concepts" by Revathi Turaga, presents the importance of rapport and some way to establish harmonious link with others.

The concept of learning in this modern times has undergone drastic change. The unprecedented challenges arising out of the pandemic ushered in a spate of innovation and initiatives in the learning environment. Besides online teaching, students have started using numerous apps for learning to boost their learning without much involvement of schools. The eBooks and digital relearning material easily accessible are fast replacing the traditional forms of learning. Against this backdrop, Showry's book review of the book Life is a School: Learning as a Way of Life authored by Dr. Col. V R K Prasad attempts to review the book and summarizes some of the ancestral perspectives to learning contained in religious texts drawn widely from the Hindu scriptures. The book running into three sections makes an enviable and excellent attempt to bring to the reader's mind the rich perspectives on learning that takes place in each stage of life by taking insights from both western and eastern thinkers.

- Mendemu Showry
Consulting Editor

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Listening with Care and Understanding: Getting to the Core of Presented Issues
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The Dynamics of Soft Skills
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The Impact of Rote Learning at Tertiary Level
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Teachers' Perception of Autonomous Learning: Take It with a Pinch of Salt
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Building Rapport - Bridge the CHASM Based on Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Other International Concepts
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Book Review - BLife is a School: Learning as a Way of Life
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Listening with Care and Understanding: Getting to the Core of Presented Issues
Michael Walton

The purpose of this paper is to offer perspectives which can be used to help diagnose what may underpin another person's workplace issues and concerns. Identifying the concerns and motivations of others increases the possibility of more collaborative and collegial working. 'Listening' is emphasized as being at the very core of what it means to exercise 'soft skills'.


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The Dynamics of Soft Skills
Manishankar Chakraborty

Soft skills form the basis of organizational success. Globally, organizations are placing added emphasis on soft skills training. However, they are ignorant of the finer aspects that soft skills training from hard skills training. The ever-changing aspects of soft skills-related dynamics are understood by only a handful few, and add to it the situation emerging due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This would culminate in employees lacking the essential link between soft skills, hard skills and transferable skills in the new normal setup. The paper dwells on a case study highlighting the dynamism of soft skills and the importance for the planner and the implementer to understand it from the right perspective. Furthermore, it also adds to the aspect of customized and context-based soft skills training, rather than having a 'one size fits all' approach.


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The Impact of Rote Learning at Tertiary Level
M Ponmani

English, the associate official language of India, is widely used as the medium of instruction at the tertiary level of education. In the context of globalization, English has become an inevitable part of a learner's academic and social career. The learners are expected to exhibit their language competence apart from their subject knowledge. This being the case, a contrast scenario is prevailing in most of the arts and science colleges in the rural areas. The learners reproduce the content through rote learning, even in the case of BA English literature students. This paper focuses on the impact of rote learning at the tertiary level and explores the possible alternatives that can be offered to the learners in the ESL context.


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Teachers' Perception of Autonomous Learning: Take It with a Pinch of Salt
Ali Rahimi and Zahra Fahimi

Recently, learner autonomy has gained great attention in educational research and pedagogical practices. For the purpose of promoting learner autonomy in a language classroom, first of all, we need to make teachers aware of the concept and its benefits. It is due to the fact that teachers are the ones who create and maintain learning communities. Accordingly, the focus of this study was to explore Iranian EFL teachers' intuition and understanding of learner autonomy and their perceptions of teachers' roles in autonomous learning. In order to figure out the situation, 160 English teachers answered an open-ended questionnaire. Qualitative data was analyzed through content analysis and other relevant statistical procedures. The findings demonstrated the current understanding of the teachers about the concept of learner autonomy in language learning and their perceptions of teachers' roles in autonomous learning.


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Building Rapport - Bridge the CHASM Based on Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Other International Concepts
Revathi Turaga

Rapport is the secret ingredient that makes us feel a tangible and harmonious link with someone else. It is equivalent to being on the same wavelength with the other person. Rapport is the key that makes mutual trust materialize. This paper explores a simple set of techniques to build rapport and bridge the CHASM that exists between most people when they meet for the first time.


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Book Rewview - Life is a School: Learning as a Way of Life
Author: Colonel Dr. VRK Prasad

Reviewed by
M Showry
Associate Professor,
IFHE, IBS Hyderabad.
The reviewer can be reached at
mshowry@ibsindia.org


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