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Mechanisms for promoting the development of cognitive, social and affective graduate attributes


Kember, D and Hong, C and Yau, VWK and Ho, SA, Mechanisms for promoting the development of cognitive, social and affective graduate attributes, Higher Education, 74, (5) pp. 799-814. ISSN 0018-1560 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s10734-016-0077-x


The aim of this study was to help universities promote graduate attributes by investigating mechanisms for promoting the development of cognitive, social and affective attributes which could impact upon all undergraduate students. Small group interviews were conducted with 90 final year students at a university in Hong Kong. Interview transcripts were coded for statements relating to 13 attributes. Five categories of mechanism existed: subject-independent teaching and learning activities, which provide practise in the use of the attribute; immersion in a rich campus environment; holding a value; subject-dependent mechanisms; and, participation in an overseas exchange. These five mechanism categories were then cross-tabulated against the 13 attributes, ranked in order of student perceptions of their development. Subject-independent learning activities were the most effective mechanism, followed by exposure to a rich campus environment. For a wide range of attributes to be nurtured effectively, the curriculum and co-curriculum need to be regarded holistically.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:affective attributes, co-curriculum, graduate attributes, learning activities, mechanisms for development
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Kember, D (Professor David Kember)
ID Code:112818
Year Published:2017 (online first 2016)
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2016-11-30
Last Modified:2018-04-23

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