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Examining the graduate attribute agenda in Australian universities: a review of continuing problems and pitfalls

Cook, PS ORCID: 0000-0002-5985-193X 2018 , 'Examining the graduate attribute agenda in Australian universities: a review of continuing problems and pitfalls' , Learning and Teaching: the international journal of higher education in the social sciences, vol. 11, no. 3 , pp. 49-62 , doi: 10.3167/latiss.2018.110305.

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Abstract

Graduate attributes refer to an amalgamation of cognitive, personal, interpersonal and social skills, abilities and qualities that students are expected to develop and apply during and after their degree programme. They have been widely adopted across higher education in Australia and internationally. In this article, I review some of the continuing problems of graduate attributes in the Australian higher education sector some twenty years after their introduction, including the concepts of employability and work readiness, the processes of mapping and resourcing and whether graduate attributes are generic. This examination foregrounds the ongoing pitfalls of graduate attributes in relation to their purpose, contextualisation and implementation. While there remains potential positive student and institutional outcomes from graduate attributes, the continuing problems of resourcing and the diversity of roles and purposes that universities serve for students and communities, are being overlooked.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Cook, PS
Keywords: employability, generic skills, graduate attributes, graduate capabilities, graduate qualities, learning outcomes
Journal or Publication Title: Learning and Teaching: the international journal of higher education in the social sciences
Publisher: Berghahn Books Ltd.
ISSN: 1755-2273
DOI / ID Number: 10.3167/latiss.2018.110305
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Copyright 2018 Berghahn Books

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