Questionnaires for stakeholders and beneficiaries

The LLP EU Project “SGSCC” aims to develop educational computer games for adolescents/young adults with mild learning difficulties in order to increase their employability. Related to this goal we are interested in the assessments by stakeholders and beneficiaries, which will constitute the basis of our further developmental process.

Please find below the 2 (accessible) questionnaires.

What do we understand with Social Competence”?

Arendt (1958) defines social competences as capabilities enabling individuals ‘to live together in the world’. For the European Commission (2007, 9) social competence includes personal, interpersonal and intercultural competence and covers all forms of behavior that equips individuals to participate in an effective and constructive way in social and working life, and particularly in increasingly diverse societies, and to resolve conflict where necessary. This includes the ability to communicate constructively in different environments, to show tolerance, express and understand different viewpoints, to negotiate with the ability to create confidence, and to feel empathy.

Why this is important for adolescents or young adults with mild learning difficulties?

Adolescents or young adults with mild learning disabilities – with higher likelihood – show problems related to emotional literacy, empathy, perspective taking, friendship, communication skills, anger management, interpersonal problem solving and how or to be successful at school or at work. Guralnick, 2004). As social skills (or also called soft skills) are assessed crucial to find and/or keep a job, it is important to increase these skills, especially for vulnerable groups.

References

Arendt. H. (1958): The Human Condition. Chicago: University of Chicago. Cited through Schoon. I. (2009). Measuring social competencies.German Council for Social and Economic Data.

European Commission (2007). Key Competences for Lifelong Learning. European Reference Framework. Luxemburg: Office for Official Publications of the European Commission. Retrieved under http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/education_culture/publ/pdf/ll-learning/keycomp_en.pdf

Guralnick, M. (2004). Strengthening Social and Emotional Competence in Young Children – The Foundation for Early School Readiness and Sucess. Incredible Years Classroom Social Skills and Problem Solving Curriculum. Infants and Young Children, 17.2., 96-113