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Korean Journal of General Education 2015;9(4):211-243.
Published online December 30, 2015.
The Effects of Action Learning in Communicative Competence and Interpersonal Competence of University Students
YoungHee Kim, MoonSil Kang
실천학습(Action Learning)이 대학생의 의사소통 능력과 대인관계 능력에 미치는 효과
김영희, 강문실
Abstract
This study aimed to verify the effects of action learning in enhancing communication skills and interpersonal skills among university students. Quantitative data were collected from total of 80 students, 40 students from the experimental group who have participated in the action learning program, and the other 40 students from the control group who have not participated in the program. The participants from both groups have taken a liberal arts course related to communication, which was instructed by the researcher. Based on the previous research on the interrelationship between communicative and interpersonal competencies, the study led to the following results: First, both of the participants from the control and the experimental groups displayed improvement in their communicative and interpersonal competencies, but the degree of improvement showed significant difference among the two groups. Second, action learning for the improvement of communicative competence found to be an effective teaching-learning method to enhance communicative competence in university students. Third, action learning to increase communication skills was found to be effective in enhancing the university students interpersonal skills. Fourth, it was found that there is a correlation between communicative and interpersonal competences in improving communicative skills. The results of this study suggests that one of the core competencies for the university students are communicative and interpersonal competencies. Moreover, the results addressed the need to offer instructional methods that could enhance and strengthen communicative and interpersonal competencies among the university students.
Key Words: Action learning, improved competence, communicative competence, interpersonal competence, comparative study


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