Measuring social skill levels in engineering students: Results show that there is still much to be done

  • Monica Elisa Meneses-La-Riva , Víctor Hugo Fernández-Bedoya , Josefina Amanda Suyo-Vega , Elva Rosa Monzón-López


Social skills are one of the greatest challenges within the academic training of university students, whose objective is to consolidate professional skills from a technical, social and human value-added approach that will increase work performance in the future. The objective was to determine the levels of social skills in Chemical Engineering students at a National University located in Lima, Peru. The methodology presented a quantitative, descriptive level, non-experimental design and cross-sectional approach. The population was formed by 63 chemical engineering students, to whom the test called "Escala de Habilidades Sociales (EHS)" was applied, which consists of 33 items. At a general level, it was found that only 21% of the sample obtained showed high levels of social skills, in terms of the factors analysed: selfexpression in social situations, defense of one's rights as a consumer, expression of anger or disagreement, saying no and cutting off interactions, making requests, and initiating positive interactions with the opposite sex; it was found that there are high levels in 14%, 13%, 32%, 43%, 0% and 24% respectively, being very notable the fact that making requests is an attribute that is not developed in students of chemical engineering of a national university located in Lima, Peru.