Developing soft skills in undergraduate students: A case at a Chilean private university


Palabras clave:

Generic skills, active learning approaches, higher education, curriculum


The role of non-cognitive skills in twenty-first century’s professionals is a critical success factor in current workforce. Undoubtedly, infusing these interpersonal attributes into the curriculum is a huge challenge for Chilean Higher Education Institutions (HEI). In fact, some HEIs are currently integrating these generic skills through direct instruction, while others from a cross-curricular approach, but without having considered proper teacher training. More importantly, developing soft skills in new generations has the potential to have profound and transformative effects on the professional field. This article provides an over-view of the current state of the art in soft-skills-based education. For this purpose, a group of 55 undergraduate students of a Chilean private university were surveyed. Findings indicate that these students are not acquiring soft skills, at a competitive level, that would help them to advance in their future career.

Biografía del autor/a

Fernando Vera, Universidad La República

Doctor en Ciencias de la Educación, mención Evaluación y Acreditación; Master en Administración y Gestión Educacional; Master en Currículum y Evaluación; Master Europeo en Tecnología, Aprendizaje y Educación. Académico, Universidad La República, Chile. Consultor organizacional y educacional. Líneas de investigación: Desarrollo de competencias genéricas, metodologías activas e integración de tecnología en el currículo.análisis de una problemática en Educación Física.

Eneko Tejada, Universidad del País Vasco

Doctor por la Universidad del País Vasco. Profesor asociado de la Universidad del País Vasco. Licenciado en Psicopedagogía por la Universidad de Deusto y - Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea. Miembro del Departamento de Didáctica y Organización Escolar. Líneas de investigación: Innovación educativa, metodologías activas y ciberbulling.


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Vera, F., & Tejada, E. (2020). Developing soft skills in undergraduate students: A case at a Chilean private university. Transformar, 1(1), 57–67. Recuperado a partir de