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


Cook, PS, 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, 11, (3) pp. 49-62. ISSN 1755-2273 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3167/latiss.2018.110305


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.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:employability, generic skills, graduate attributes, graduate capabilities, graduate qualities, learning outcomes
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Policies and development
UTAS Author:Cook, PS (Dr Peta Cook)
ID Code:131273
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2019-03-11
Last Modified:2021-01-06

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