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The Key Factors To Enhence The Competitiveness Of Competitors In Worldskills Competition

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2010 Annual Conference & Exposition


Louisville, Kentucky

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June 20, 2010

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June 20, 2010

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June 23, 2010



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Opportunities and Challenges in Developing International Engineering Research

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15.1239.1 - 15.1239.8



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Shih Kuang Hou National Taiwan Normal University

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Ching-Ho Huang Nangang Vocational High School

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Jin-Fu Chen NTNU

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A Study of Key Factors in Promoting the Competitiveness of Participating in WorldSkills Competition


Skills competition improves vocational education and training effectiveness. The purposes of organizing skills competition are to establish values in skills, encourage youngsters to participate in vocational education and training, to reflect vocational education and the teaching results of vocational trainings, and to enhance the skills level of technical personnel through mutual learning and emulation. Through competition, it raises concerns from enterprises, the society and the public to learn skills in order to improve the quality of life. Hence, skills competition has drawn more international concerns in recent years, and that every country is trying hard to do better in the competition results.

In addition to strengthen the potential training of the competitors, to maintain competiveness in WorldSkills competitions, it is necessary to explore the key factors affecting the results of WorldSkills competitions through scientific research methods in order to seek breakthroughs in upgrading international competiveness.

Survey method was mainly used in this study to collect the individual personality trait data of 80 respective competitors and their instructors who participated in skills competitions, and statistical analysis was then employed to understand their unique personality traits. For skills competition competitors and instructors, the study adopted Leader Attributes Inventory (LAI) Scale and Adult Career Cognitive Scale respectively as the research tools. Through statistical analysis, the skills competition competitors have shown such unique characteristics as “rhathymia,” “cyclic tendency,” “inferiority feeling,” “depression,” “objectivity,” and “cooperativeness.” On the other hand, the instructors have demonstrated better than average norms in dimensions on “cognitive complexity,” “job involvement,” “self-efficacy,” “career obstacles,” etc.

Based on the findings of this study, we would like to put forward three proposals: 1. Take the results of this study as a reference to screen skills competition competitors; 2. implement personality traits analysis while conducting contestant training, and to strengthen education; 3. conduct case studies on successful competitors in order to explore their individual unique traits.

Keywords: Skills competition, skills training, key factors, personality traits


Hou, S. K., & Huang, C., & Chen, J. (2010, June), The Key Factors To Enhence The Competitiveness Of Competitors In Worldskills Competition Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. 10.18260/1-2--16952

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