Embedding graduate skills into a first year, management course: theory, practice and reflection

Green, Wendy and Hammer, Sara and Stephens, Robyn (2006) Embedding graduate skills into a first year, management course: theory, practice and reflection. In: 29th HERDSA Annual Conference: Critical Visions: Thinking, Learning and Researching in Higher Education (HERDSA 2006), 10-12 July 2006, Perth, Australia.

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Abstract

This paper explores both the theory and practice of embedding graduate skills within Griffith Business School (GBS) Curricula. The authors reflect on their experience in running a pilot in Management Concepts: a first year course designated as a site for embedding particular skills, and use their experience in this context to illustrate and support their argument that teaching practice and evaluation are as important as research in developing a scholarly approach to graduate skills development. These issues are addressed by describing the development of the discipline-specific, embedded, and developmental approach within the Griffith Business School, and by providing an overview of the learning development program and its theoretical underpinnings. The discussion focuses on one of the skills developed for this course, namely, critical thinking. Firstly, the authors trace the development of their conception of critical thinking in this context. Secondly, they discuss their experience of embedding critical thinking in the course through appropriate teaching and assessment practices. Finally they show how reflective teaching practice has informed further revision of learning development in the course. The authors use this example of reflective practice to argue that teaching practice and evaluation are as important as higher education research in developing a scholarly approach to graduate skills development.


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Additional Information: Made available in USQ ePrints with permission of USQ author. Paper Copyright © 2006 Wendy Green, Sara Hammer and Robyn Stephens. The authors assign to HERDSA and educational non-profit institutions a non-exclusive licence to use this document for personal use and in courses of instruction provided that the article is used in full and this copyright statement is reproduced. The authors also grant a non-exclusive licence to HERDSA to publish this document in full on the World Wide Web (prime sites and mirrors) on CD and in printed form within HERDSA 2006 conference proceedings. Any other usage is prohibited without the express permission of the authors.
Depositing User: Dr Sara Hammer
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Economics and Resource Management
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2007 00:34
Last Modified: 25 May 2012 06:07
Uncontrolled Keywords: teaching practice, reflection, reflective thinking, management education
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130203 Economics, Business and Management Curriculum and Pedagogy
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/2811

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