Cultivating soft skills – beyond a standard optometric curriculum
As optometrists need to be proficient in soft skills, Cham et al implemented Moore’s concept of creativity, and object-based learning, to develop students’ communication, interpersonal, and teamwork skills. Students from optometry, arts management and animation attended an autobiographical museum in interdisciplinary groups and examined an artifact relating to aspects of professionalism. Students’ experience of this activity was evaluated using a survey and thematic analysis of their reflective essays. Most students found this group work beneficial, enjoyable, helpful in critical self-reflection, and in future improvement of communication and interpersonal skills.
Optom Vis Sci 2020;97:11 962-969. Read the abstract