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Personal, Academic and Career Development in Higher Education

SOARing to Success, 1st Edition

By Arti Kumar


328 pages | 23 B/W Illus.

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This book is the first to show how to integrate Personal Development Planning (PDP) activities into teaching in higher education. It is packed with activities, exercises, lesson plans, resources, reflective questionnaires, skills audits and case studies, and with suggestions for how these may be customized to suit different groups of students in different subject areas.

By embedding activities into the curriculum, students are encouraged to engage with the PDP process to help them:

  • gain a better understanding of what and how they are learning
  • improve study skills
  • gain a clear idea strengths and areas for development
  • improve ability to explain and discuss skills and abilities with prospective employers, with the evidence to support your claims
  • become a more effective, independent and confident self-directed learner.

Personal Development Planning will help all staff and educational development professionals, teachers in HE, and advisers and support staff in careers services enable students to build up a personal development record to improve their ability to relate their learning and achievements to employers' interests and needs and, ultimately, gain employment.


"…Arti Kumar’s book fills an important gap in the market. It will be of value to all careers service and academic staff who are involved in delivering programmes in higher education that are related to students’ career development and employability." -- Tony Watts, British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, Volume 36, No. 3, August 2008

Table of Contents

Part 1: A theoretical and applied model for integrating and enabling personal, career and academic development 1. Introducing SOAR 2. Defining Key Concepts and Principles 3. Realizing the Potential of SOAR Part 2: ‘Self’ in the SOAR process: Building a MAP for the journey through life Developing the ‘self-awareness skill-set’: self-assessment, self-esteem, self-efficacy, self-promotion and self-management 4. Building a ‘Self MAP’: Who am I? 5. Motivation in the Self-MAP: What do I want and need? 6. Ability in the Self-MAP: What am I capable of achieving? 7. Personality in the Self-MAP: How do I interact with others and with my environment? Part 3: Opportunity in the SOAR process 8. Researching and Engaging with ‘Opportunity’ 9. Understanding the Changing World Part 4: Aspirations in the SOAR process Forming, clarifying, testing and implementing aspirations: decision-making, problem-solving and action-planning skills 10. Aspirations, decisions, plans Part 5: Results in the SOAR process 11. Demonstrating Results 12. Evaluating Results – and some concluding thoughts

About the Author

Arti Kumar is Associate Director of the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) at the University of Bedfordshire, UK, and is a National Teaching Fellow.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Professional Development