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Development of non-academic skills
Development of non-academic skills->

Formation Emploi , n° 130 , 2015 , 121 p.



Formation Emploi , n° 130 , 2015, 121 p.

In this issue we explore the distinction between academic and non-academic skills.
The notion of non-academic skills is also under debate; depending on different approaches and disciplines, it can be broken down into several points: non cognitive, behavioural, social, emotional, relational, positional or even aesthetic... This issue therefore aims at establishing groundwork in exploring this concept.

   English abstract

English abstracts


Soft skills in debate

M. Duru-Bellat

The paper questions the notion of « soft skills ». This notion does not bring in a breach in the sociological and pedagogical analysis; besides, whatever the lively disputes it generates, it is today very currently used in the analysis and practices of the labor market. Even if assessing these soft skills proves especially difficult, even if this notion remains theoretically problematic, one may consider that none of the actors involved in education and training may discard it.


To be competent to develop competencies? The example of selective admission in Master 2

 F. Sarfati

What skills should one be equipped to enroll in sandwich training? Under what conditions can one integrate Master? Is it necessary to be competent to develop competencies? The selection process for entry into a professional Master gives to see how academic skills on the one hand, and non-academic, on the other hand, are used as benchmarks to recruiters.


The paradoxical management of service skills

 D. Collard, J.-B. Suquet, N. Raulet-Croset

This paper focuses on service skills which are mobilized by front office agents when they are involved with customers. These skills are most of the time tacit. We consider that the way in which firms recognize these skills and contribute to their development is an important management issue. It is all the more important that a lot of jobs combine poor levels of qualification and highly situated skills.


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From school to labour market: Kanak women’s success

 M. Berrah, C. Ris


We explore the link between educational attainment, measured by grades obtained, and professional success, measured by access to employment. We question the combination of ethnicand gender effects in New Caledonia. The academic success of Kanak women exceeds that ofmen; however, their slow, recent and still weak positions on labor market reveal that the gapwith Kanak men is slowly closing. It appears that the combination of several factors of discrimination does not necessarily lead to a strict addition of penalties.

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