Learning, Curriculum and Employability in Higher Education

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Routledge, Dec 16, 2003 - Education - 256 pages
How can universities ensure that they are preparing their students for today's competitive job market?
This book tackles the highly topical subject of graduate underemployment with insight and clarity. The authors argue the case for more sophisticated research into employability with passion and vision, discussing how employability-friendly curricula can be developed, even in subjects which have less obvious vocational relevance.
The rapid growth of higher education over the past fifty years has seen expectations increase, and governments seeking to widen participation. There is now an urgent need for the Government and higher education institutions to address the issue of graduate employability. The authors of this timely book encourage a pro-active stance, offering a ground-breaking model that can be easily implemented in institutions to make low-cost, high-gain improvements to students' employability. Topics covered include:
* The challenge of employability
* The study and careers of English graduates
* The enhancement of practice
* Assessing employability
* The Skills Plus project.
Based on a set of over 200 in-depth interviews with recent graduates, this book forms a unique account of the meanings of employability in the workplace.
 

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Contents

PART
5
more than skills and wishlists
22
A new view of employability
36
A research study of employability
50
The study of English and the careers of its graduates
69
PART II
85
Engaging students with the worlds of work
102
Assessing for employability
120
The Skills plus project and nursing
141
Skills plus and the Construction Management programme
154
Employability and social science
165
Principles and practices for enhancing employability
178
An institutional perspective on employability
196
Envoi
219
Index
234
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Peter Knight is Senior Lecturer in Educational Research at the Open University.
Mantz Yorke is Director of the Centre for Higher Education Development at Liverpool John Moores University.

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