On October 6, 2020 at the Faculty of Physics, Mathematics and Informatics of Pavlo Tychyna Uman State Pedagogical University a training on the development of soft skills was held (within the project program EU Erasmus + KA2 «Modernization of Pedagogical Higher Education by Innovative Teaching Instruments (MoPED)» (№586098-EPP-1-2017-1-UA-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP).
The purpose of this training is to develop skills of effective communication, to activate the mechanisms of self-knowledge and self-expression. After all, soft skills are a set of non-specialized, important regardless of the field of activity for career skills that are responsible for successful participation in the work process, high efficiency and are cross-cutting, ie not related to a specific industry.
That is why, special attention during the training was focused on the formation of participants’ communication skills, ability to speak in public and manage time, teamwork skills, flexibility and adaptability, leadership and personal qualities and more.
The event was opened with an introductory speech by the Dean of the Faculty of Physics, Mathematics and Informatics, Candidate of Pedagogical Sciences, Associate Professor Tetiana Makhometa. Speakers of the trainings were Doctor of Pedagogical Sciences, Associate Professor Tetiana Hodovaniuk and Candidate of Pedagogical Sciences, Associate Professor Irina Tiahaj.
The format of the training included active participation of all participants, performance of practical exercises and tasks, work in mini-groups, etc. At the beginning of the training, the participants were offered the exercise “Mirror”, which helped to increase the positive mood, removed the internal clamps. The main technology of the event was the technology of “Six Hats”, the meaning of which was to consider the same problem situation from six independent points of view. This allowed the participants to form the most complete idea of the subject of discussion and to assess the advantages and disadvantages on a logical and emotional level. This technology contributed to the development of students’ contextual thinking – the ability to process master data, separating them from the array of general information; ability to establish interpersonal contacts – skills of effective communication, effective listening, negotiation, emotional intelligence, etc. At the end, the participants were offered an exercise “If I were (was)”, which contributed to the formation of self-disclosure skills.
Characteristic features of the event were the positive atmosphere and high activity of the participants!