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Korean Journal of General Education 2018;12(2):287-306.
Published online April 30, 2018.
The effect of convergence and liberal arts education on soft skills improvement of students in engineering school
JinYoung Han, Hyngjung Rhee, Young-Wan Choi
융합교양교육이 공학인재의 소프트스킬 향상에 미치는 효과
한진영, 이현정, 최영완
Abstract
The effect of information technologies such as artificial intelligence, robots, and internet of things on society and industry is expected to be revolutionary. These predictions formed a consensus with the term fourth industrial revolution . Soft skills such as creativity and communication skills are emerging as the competencies required for engineers in an uncertain and rapidly changing social environment. This study defines the soft skills for competent engineers and investigates the effect of convergence and liberal arts education on soft skills improvement. This study collected data from students who take convergence and liberal arts curriculum of A college of engineering in Seoul. Survey questionnaires were distributed the same group at the beginning of the semester (315 responses) and at the end of the semester (317 respondents). The result shows that the convergence and liberal arts education improves convergence fluency, problem-solving ability, leadership, global mind, creative attitude, and convergence flexibility among soft skills. Also, the degree of improvement of the soft skills is influenced according to students’ perception of the soft skills regarding courses.
Key Words: convergence and liberal arts education, engineering education, soft skills, competence, convergence education


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