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Soft Skills: The Catalyst for Critical Thinking in Engineering Education

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Dr. M. Ravichand, Iliyas Ali Shaik, Haribabu Thammineni Dr V.B.Chithra, Dr. Retna Mony R, Dr. K. Shaheen
ยป doi: 10.33472/AFJBS.7.1.2025.49-58


This study examined how engineering students' critical thinking and the development of their soft skills are interconnected. The transferability Hypothesis, which claims that information obtained in one area may be applied in another, was utilized to evaluate how much critical thinking skills influence the improvement of time management abilities. The study comprised 110 students who completed a questionnaire designed by the researcher to assess their progress in improving critical thinking and soft skills. To boost creative thinking and communication abilities, researchers developed two soft skills exercises and included them into two parts of Apollo University's B. Tech undergraduate course in Computer Science Engineering in Chittoor. The exercise, designed for first-semester students, requested students to participate in the activity provided by the facilitator. The second activity was done for first semester students in the different section. At the end of the semester, participants were invited to complete a questionnaire that was meant to collect feedback and record it as data. This article provides the final results of a study that used a mixed-methods approach to examine the effects of incorporating a soft skills activity into an English language classroom. The purpose of the activity was to encourage creative thinking and the development of communication skills among B. Tech students. The benefits of this activity include fostering Perspective and Reflection, reducing stress and improving overall well-being, fostering interdisciplinary connections, improving critical thinking and analysis, and enhancing emotional intelligence.

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