Skill or concept: What’s more important?

Skill or concept: What’s more important?


‘Skills’ and ‘Concept’, the two simple words often result in a debate among experts. Some participants argue that it is not possible to impart skills whether they are cross-disciplinary or interdisciplinary skills separately from conceptual understanding, while others argue that skills required in today’s world don’t depend on concept. They also argue that these skills are under-prioritized in educational institutions. Do you feel skills should be given more importance in this competitive world? Let us debate on the topic, Skill or concept: What’s more important?

Skills

- Concept do not result in effective leadership. The ability to communicate well, both verbal and written, is a critical managerial skill that forms strong foundation of an effective leadership.

- The creative careers like acting, singing, writing etc are not based on concept. They require creativity, curiosity, artistry, innovation, imagination and personal expression skills.

- Concepts fail if they are not supported by skills like self-direction, planning, self-discipline, perseverance, adaptability and initiative. These are the main factors contributing to success.

- When it comes to a profession like teaching, teachers are required to possess pedagogical skills in the absence of which they will fail to share their conceptual knowledge.

- In today’s world, knowledge and information are increasing at an astronomical rate that people cannot learn everything. For this reason, students require adaptable skills that they can apply in all areas of life.

Concept

- In the absence of strong subject knowledge, a person can never generate skills. It is the concept that forms foundation for skills.

- Cross-disciplinary skills are an integral part of conceptual understanding, for instance, students can’t learn to write well if there are no facts, principles, ideas and philosophies to write about.

- When it comes to teaching profession or even corporate jobs, it is the concept that is required to express skills. If there is no concept, what will professionals deliver?

- Even in the creative and artistic world, people have to undergo formal training to become a part of competitive industry.

- Skills are always hidden within the people. But it alone doesn’t make an individual successful. It is recognized only when it is highlighted by conceptual understanding.

Conclusion

The basic conclusion of debate is skills and concepts are correlated to each other. Concept necessarily is not the formal education, but is about having subject knowledge which is must to represent skills. The educational system need to focus on skills along with concept. The skills taught should be able to meet the specific demands that students need to face when they enter in a competitive, information-age, complex, knowledge-based, technology-driven economy.
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    Discussion

  • RE: Skill or concept: What’s more important? -chirag rastogi (10/06/15)
  • In today's world skills and concept should go together, both are equally important for success, concepts makes you stable and skills leads you to achieve big and to earn the competitive advantage.Concepts secures knowledge and skills are required to deliver them.
  • RE: Skill or concept: What’s more important? -Sumit S Sengar (03/10/15)
  • I think both are some how related to each other because if we are skilled enough then we can understand the concept because a carpenter can't understand the concept of website development because he is not having those skills so first he needs those skill to understand the concept. And even you have developed your skills than you can also understand the concept of share market because you developed business skills and due this you have now sense to understand the concept. Even sometime we can say that if you have good knowledge of concept then we proof our self skilled.

    I think skill is more important than concept because a skilled person can generate his own concept of doing something different which can hit the market.
  • RE: Skill or concept: What’s more important? -Sunaina (03/08/15)
  • Skill and concept the two words are different in meaning different in the number of letters composing them but both cannot go without each other....The first and the foremost thing is the concept which the person must have to reflect his skill in a proper manner..even if u have concept and do not have skill that wont work out at some places like interviews..concept can be built but few skills are inbuilt which makes the differences between people or person having similar concepts..but with the passage of time both concept and few skills which are unbuilt can be built up..and one can acheive excellence in their life with this two pillars..
  • RE: Skill or concept: What’s more important? -dhillon (03/07/15)
  • Skill n concept both go hand in hand..skill without having conceptual knowledge would not b able to survive fr a long tym...by learning concept of a alphabet a person may nt b successful in implemntng it wdout hvng d skill of how to use it...another example is singing..it z majorly a skill oriented field bt even then it needs basic concept understanding of its sur n taal...so in a nutshell both skill n concept r needed to b masters of any zone.
  • RE: Skill or concept: What’s more important? -gs (03/06/15)
  • Skill is nothing without the concept. One can;t be skillful without grasping the concept. To represent yourself as a skillful person, you need to understand the concept well. Then after understanding it we need to apply the concept in a practical manner. Skills deal with the practicality, where concept gives us the power to judge about it's correctness. So, we can't be skillful without knowing the concept or vice versa.
    On the other hand if you want to know only the concept, you can go with it, without having the skill to represent your understanding about it. So for concepts you don't need to have a very good base at skills, but the opposite is mandatory
  • RE: Skill or concept: What’s more important? -Ashish (03/06/15)
  • Skill is nothing without the concept. One can;t be skillful without grasping the concept. To represent yourself as a skillful person, you need to understand the concept well. Then after understanding it we need to apply the concept in a practical manner. Skills deal with the practicality, where concept gives us the power to judge about it's correctness. So, we can't be skillful without knowing the concept or vice versa.
    On the other hand if you want to know only the concept, you can go with it, without having the skill to represent your understanding about it. So for concepts you don't need to have a very good base at skills, but the opposite is mandatory.
  • RE: Skill or concept: What’s more important? -Deepa Kaushik (03/06/15)
  • Skill and concept is like two sides of the coin. One remain incomplete without the other. The “concept” comes by the understanding. This could be taught and inculcated in a person through the stepwise training. On the other hand, “skill” is the in-born talent. A talent is the special ability of the individual which cannot be incorporated by any means.

    When we come to a discussion between skill and concept, on a narrow verge we can say that , something is better than nothing. The skilled person without the basic concept on the background would end up delivering the incorrect details. Instead of inefficacy, it would result in irrelevant and incorrect submission of the task. Whereas, the person with the understanding of the concept but lack of the required skills, would deliver the work in the correct format with least efficacy. The work might not be up to the mark, but the same would not be incorrect as per the policies and requirements. With these minor details, we can have the upper hand for the conceptual over the skilled personals.

    When it comes to the choice of people, it would definitely a combination of skill and concept that could yield the output as required. The person with good knowledge of the concept and with the aptitude of implementing his knowledge through his skills, could deliver and add on to the productivity of the organization. Hence, on a precise note, both skill and concept need to be balanced for an efficient result.

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