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The relationship between psychological capital and twenty first century skills in an educational setting

Baas, M.I.A. (2020) The relationship between psychological capital and twenty first century skills in an educational setting.

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Abstract:In an ideal world, students are being prepared to succeed and excel in the global workplace of the future when they are adults. The modern society changes in a rapid ways and the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that students need in order to later succeed in this global workplace of the future are called ‘twenty first century skills’. Since companies currently experience a lack of twenty first century skills and this lack also causes problems for the employees, it is highly important for students to optimally develop these skills in their education and it is urgent that options are evaluated to stimulate learning these essential skills. Literature suggests that psychological resources and build-in-strengths that could possibly assist in learning twenty first century skills are self-efficacy, hope, optimism and resilience, together forming the concept of ‘psychological capital’. Hence, in this study we evaluated the relationship between psychological capital (and its components) and twenty first century skills (and its components) in an educational setting amongst high school students. Psychological capital and twenty first century skills were measured through the use of self-assessment amongst 1353 students in 11th grade, of 25 different high schools. The results indeed showed a significant relationship between psychological capital and twenty first century skills. This suggests that increasing people’s psychological capital, will increase people’s twenty first century skills. Implications and suggestions for future research are discussed in the paper.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology, 81 education, teaching
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/81432
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