Approaches for Developing Generic Skills in Building Technology Graduates for Global Competitiveness

Jane Itohan Oviawe, R. Uwameiye


The need to inculcate generic skills into graduates to meet the demands of the ever dynamic workplace has been of concern to stakeholders in education and the world of work. This concept of a global competitiveness, and generic skills were reviewed and discussed. This paper also examined the importance of generic skills; and factors influencing generic skills development among graduates were highlighted. This factors calls for different approaches and shift in pedagogy in developing generic skills for global competitiveness which include: change in instructional delivery, from the traditional method of instruction to cooperative learning model. It also involves integration and contextualized learning, creating world class spaces for learning, enhanced utilization of technology and inclusive learning and teaching environment for producing global workers in building technology.


building technology, generic skills, global competitiveness

Full Text:



Ajuluchukwu, E. N. (2012). Assessment of minimum academic standards adopted by universities in South-East and South-South for undergraduate business education programmes. Unpublished thesis. Awka: Nnamdi Azikiwe University.

Alashwal, A. M. & Abdul-Rahman, H. (2014). Aspects of project learning in construction: A socio-technical model. Construction innovation: Information, Process, Management, 14(2), 229-244.

Barbett, D. (2011). Partnering industry and education for curricular enhancement: A response for greater educational achievement. Online journal of workforce education and development, 5(2), 14-20.

Bennett, T. M. (2006). Defining the importance of employability skills in career/technical education. Dissertation. ProQuest Information and Learning Company.

California Community Colleges (n.d). Basic skills as a foundation for student success in California Community Colleges – Part 1: Review of literature and effective practices. Retrieved from:

Chamizo, J. A. (2013). A new definition of model and modelling in Chemistry teaching. Science and Education, 22(7), 1613-1632.

Eriksson, P. E. (2010). Partnering: What is it, when should it be used, and how should it be implemented? Construction management and Economics, 28(9), 905-917.

Federal Republic of Nigeria (2013). National policy on education. Lagos: NERDC.

Ghadiri, K., Qayoumi, M., Junn, E., Hsu, P., & Sujitparapitaya, S. (2013). The potential of blended learning using MIT edX’s 6.002x Online MOOC content combined with student team-based learning in class. Retrieved from:

Greatbatch, D., & Lewis, P. (2007). Skills and learning intelligence module. 10 South West observatory.

Ikoro, I. S., & Ezeanyim, U.E. (2017). Basic education in Nigeria for global competitiveness: The way forward. International journal of advance research and publications, 1(5), 304-307.

Imperial College London (2019). Innovative teaching for world class learning and teaching strategy. Retrieved from:

Kaufman, K. J. (2013). Ways to 21st century skills: Why students need them and ideas for practical implementation. Kappa Delta Pi Record, 49(2), 78-83.

Keser, H. Y. (2015). Effects of higher education on global competitiveness: Reviews in relation with European countries and the Middle East countries. Annals of the “Constantin Brancusi” University of TarguJiu, Economy Series, 1(1), 58-68.

Klochan, Y. (2015). Highlights from ‘blended learning on MIT’s campus’; Now 16 xTalk/office of digital learning. Retrieved from:

Lai, E. R. (2011). Collaboration: A literature review. Research report, Pearson’s publications in pdf format. Retrieved from:

Larson, L., Miller, T., & Ribble, M. (2010). 5 considerations for digital age learners. Learning and leading with technology, 37(4), 12-15.

Lewin, A. Y., Massini, S. & Peters, C. (2011). Micro foundations of internal and external absorptive capacity routines. Organization Science, 22(1), 81-98.

Lichtenthaler, U., & Lichtenthaler, E. (2009). A capacity-based framework for open innovation: complementing absorptive capacity. Journal of management studies, 46(8), 1315-1338.

Malerich, J. (2009). The Value of International Internships in Global Workforce Development. Arizona: Arizona State University.

Manley, K. & Chen, L.E. (2015). Collaborative learning model of infrastructure construction a capacity perspective. Construction innovation, 15(3), 355-377.

Markova, D., & McArthur, A. (2016). Collaborative intelligence: Thinking with people who think differently. Park City: Professional Thinking Partners. Retrieved from:

National Board for Technical Education (2007). Curriculum for Building Technology. Kaduna: NBTE Press.

Nwaoku, N. A., & Tom, A. (2009). Nigeria’s tertiary education curriculum in the 21st century: The implications and challenges. Journal of curriculum organization of Nigeria, 3(1 & 2), 5-17.

Ocho, L. O. (2010). Professor Benneth Ukeje memorial lectures. The annual conference of the Faculty of Education. Awka: Nnnamdi Azikiwe University.

OFSTED. (2007). Developing social, emotional and behavioural skills in secondary schools: A five-term longitudinal evaluation of the secondary national strategy pilot. London: OFSTED.

Olatunji, O. (2009). The Nation newspaper. April 11th.

Omollo, A., Nyakrura, B., & Mbalamula, Y.S. (2017). Application of participatory teaching and learning approach in teacher training colleges in Tanzania. Journal of scientific research and reports, 16(6), 1-10.

Oviawe, J. I., & Adeola, L. K. (2017). Workplace skills in technical education as a catalyst for producing employable graduates in the 21st century. IOSR Journal of Research and Method in Education (IOSR-JRME), 7(3), 1-8.

Oviawe, J. I. (2019). Effects of Blended Learning Approach and Students’ Academic Performance Blocklaying and Concrete Works Trade in Technical Colleges in Edo State, Nigeria. International Journal of Educational Benchmark (IJEB), 12(1), 45-53.

Partnership for 21st century skills (2011). Framework for 21st century learning. Retrieved from:

Sargsyan, A. (2017). Variety of approaches in assessment of global competitiveness. International journal of economics and management sciences, 6(1), 47-59.

Schleicher, A. (2012). Preparing teachers and developing school leaders for the 21st century lessons from around the world. Paris: OECD.

Shafie, L. A., & Nayan, S. (2010). Employability awareness among Malaysian undergraduates. International journal of business and management, 5(8), 119-123.

Smith, E., & Kruger, J. (2008). A critical assessment of the perception of potential graduates regarding their generic skills level. SAJEMS, (11), 122-138.

Weligamage, S. S. (2009). Enhancing employability through quality assurance. Sub Theme A - Enhancing Employability through Quality Assurance – ASAIHL. Retrieved from:



  • There are currently no refbacks.

Copyright (c) 2020 Universitas Ahmad Dahlan

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

View JOVES Stats

p-ISSN 2614-7483

e-ISSN 2614-7475

Organized by 

Master of Vocational Education, Universitas Ahmad Dahlan

Vocational Program (D-IV) of Food Service Industry, Universitas Ahmad Dahlan

Published by 

Universitas Ahmad Dahlan


Lisensi Creative Commons

Ciptaan disebarluaskan di bawah Lisensi Creative Commons Atribusi-BerbagiSerupa 4.0 Internasional