The Australian Government developed a Core Skills for Work Framework which describes general purpose skills, knowledge and understandings that underpin successful careers and career progression.
CONNECT AND WORK WITH OTHERS. Here is the description from Cluster 2 of the Framework. Connect and work with others: Build work-related relationships, achieve goals through team-based collaborations. Understand others and build rapport; understand one’s own values, goals, expectations and emotions; make choices about regulating one’s own behaviour 1.
IN CURRICULUM. Understanding others, and building rapport, is a skill which is sitting there ready to be developed every day of the week in the normal course of L&T.
Situations: Understanding others, and building rapport, can be developed in group and team projects, in meetings, in online forums and when students are together such as in a lecture or tutorial.
Facilitating awareness: As an educator you can make your students aware of their behaviour around others, and point out opportunities for them to practise and hone their ability to connect and build rapport with you as well as with fellow students. You can invite them to reflect upon, and talk about attributes and qualities which are valued in their discipline or profession.
Reflections: If ‘Reflective thinking’ (or reflective writing) is an activity you wish students in your course to undertake, you might wish to introduce them to this great 6:00 video. The video links ‘hindsight’ to ‘future action’ which, in the end, is the source of ‘improvement’ for discipline-specific technical skills and ’employability’ skills such as ‘connecting and working with others’.
2. Reflective Writing video – 6:00
Australian Government, Department of Employment. 2011. Core Skills for Work Framework. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.education.gov.au/core-skills-work-developmental-framework