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Use of business competitions to enhance student employability in Higher Education

Use of business competitions to enhance student employability in Higher Education

Shah, Satya, Al-Badri, Sara and Hasan, Syed (2015) Use of business competitions to enhance student employability in Higher Education. In: Recent Advances in Educational Technologies: Proceedings of the 2015 International Conference on Education and Modern Educational Technologies (EMET 2015). Educational Technologies Series, 18 (18). WSEAS, Greece, pp. 140-147. ISBN 978-1-61804-322-1 ISSN 2227-4618

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Abstract

The research exemplifies student learning and skills gained within higher education (HE), by illuminating learning patterns and motivation through competitions that gain students skills and employability prospects. Competition implies rivalry, contest and opposition. There is still some amount of controversy as to whether competitions in HE are a positive or negative. Having students learn through the style of competitions based on real life situations, they experience how to solve problems, and can learn both content and thinking strategies. It is evident through research that by allowing students to undertake project-based learning through competitions, it further enhances their engagement and increase motivation. By looking at three core aspects: Competitions, Learning Patterns and Employability’ it will showcase positive perceptions of this theory within HE institutions, and with the key emphasis and importance of identifying how psychology plays a role in increasing a student’s skill sets that employers seek in graduates. This allows students (i.e. future graduates) to improve upon time employability prospects in the future.

The research aims to investigate and identify the factors towards improving the employability prospects through competition based learning. This research concentrates on the learning output and skill sets via competitions, therefore as a result gains a medium of skills for employability. Throughout this research, there will be many assessment components and methodologies discussed with the use of primary and secondary tools; whilst taking a deep look into psychology aspects of learning patterns in particular motivational modes of learning.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: Recent Advances in Educational Technologies: Proceedings of the 2015 International Conference on Education and Modern Educational Technologies (EMET 2015)
Additional Information: Conference held on Zakynthos Island, Greece, from July 16‐20, 2015
Uncontrolled Keywords: Business competitions; Higher education; Employability; Learning practices; Collaborative learning; Competitive Learning
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Department of Applied Engineering & Management
Last Modified: 01 May 2017 21:16
Selected for GREAT 2016: GREAT b
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/16438

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