Personal, Social, Academic and Career Development in Higher Education : SOARing to Success book cover
2nd Edition

Personal, Social, Academic and Career Development in Higher Education
SOARing to Success

ISBN 9780367648053
Published April 20, 2022 by Routledge
348 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book is about SOARing to Success: a pedagogy that engages individuals in a structured and supported process of personalised learning, leading to the development of transferable career management and employability skills.

The SOAR model (as it has come to be known and used) provides tried and tested ways for educators to implement Personal Development Planning (PDP), Career Development Learning (CDL) and employability agendas. The theoretical concepts and practical activities that are interpreted and integrated within SOAR require all learners to make meaningful dynamic connections within and between Self, Opportunity, Aspirations and Results, through inbuilt requirements for self-reflection, action and interaction, research, analysis and synthesis.

Especially relevant for regeneration in the post-pandemic world, this fully updated edition emphasises and addresses the needs to:

  • focus more broadly on multidimensional employability, enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • take account of post-Covid-19 educational and employment landscapes, changing labour market realities and employers’ technology-enabled recruitment methods
  • engage proactively and positively with ways to strengthen resilience, health and wellbeing in ourselves and others
  • tackle academic learning and assessments with digital research and information literacy skills
  • be(come) adaptable and/or adaptive according to the demands of different contexts
  • co-create (with social enterprise and business skills) a better world in which self-actualisation aligns with the actualisation of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals
  • reflect globalisation in the internationalisation of higher education (HE).

Packed full of useful practical features, this text and its e-resources will help all staff and education development professionals, teachers in HE and advisers to motivate and enable students to relate their learning and achievements to the demands of life and work in our times.

Table of Contents

PART 1: A theoretical and practical approach: integrating and enabling personal, social, academic and career development 1. Introduction: key concepts and aims driving the evolution of SOAR 2. Realizing the potential of SOAR: essential principles of pedagogy 3. Module examples and assessment regimes PART 2: ‘Self’ in the SOAR process: building a MAP for the journey through life 4. Building a ‘Self-MAP’: Who am I? 5. Motivation in the Self-MAP: What are my values, interests and priorities? 6. Ability in the Self-MAP: Which 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, adapting and creating the changing world PART 4: ‘Aspirations’ in the SOAR process 10. Aspirations: making decisions, solving problems, setting goals and making plans to implement aspirations PART 5 ‘Results’ in the SOAR process 11. Demonstrating results: enhancing competencies for transition beyond HE 12. Evaluating results: learning from feedback and assessing achievements

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Arti Kumar MBE is a National Teaching Fellow and an Education and Employability Consultant, author, trainer and mentor. She is the former Associate Director of the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) at the University of Bedfordshire, UK.


Praise for the First Edition

"This book addresses a key and continuing need: how we support the transition from student to graduate, and lay the foundations for sustainable employability and a fulfilling life in an increasingly competitive world.  Arti's book delivers both understanding and practical 'tools' for enabling the shift our students need to make."
-Rob Ward, Director, the Centre for Recording Achievement

"I found Arti Kumar's book stimulating and refreshing and believe the model would have enabled me to adapt my own teaching in ways that would have greatly enriched my students' learning. I recommend this book to all academics. The tool will certainly make you reflect on your teaching and foster a foundation for lifelong learning in your students."
-Michael Pittilo, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of The Robert Gordon University