Journal article

Pilot Study: Thinking Outside the Square in Cultivating "Soft Skills"-Going beyond the Standard Optometric Curriculum

Kwang Meng Cham, Heather Gaunt, Clare Delany

Optometry and Vision Science | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2020

Abstract

SIGNIFICANCE: No research in optometric education that uses Moore's concept of creativity and object-based learning to cultivate "soft skills" exists. The design and outcomes of this study will contribute to the body of optometric education, and future research will assess the applicability of these findings to other allied health disciplines. PURPOSE: Optometrists, like all health care professionals, need to be proficient in soft skills such as effective communication and interpersonal skills. Rather than assuming these soft skills can be developed "on the job," we implemented a teaching intervention for students to develop their communication, interpersonal, and teamwork skills. METHODS: S..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The University of Melbourne (Engagement Grant; to KMC).