Teaching generic skills: eroding the higher purpose of universities, or an opportunity for renewal?

Star, Cassandra and Hammer, Sara (2008) Teaching generic skills: eroding the higher purpose of universities, or an opportunity for renewal? Oxford Review of Education, 34 (2). pp. 237-251. ISSN 0305-4985

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This paper explores opportunities and challenges presented by the development of graduate skills in Australian universities. We challenge the dichotomy that conceives of a fundamental disjuncture between the idea universities as institutions of vocational education and the more traditional conception of universities as key institutions in the formation of reflective practitioners, social critics and good citizens. Despite the challenges inherent in implementing the graduate skills project, we conclude that stakeholder consensus around the value of graduate skills represents a valuable opportunity for universities to regain control of the higher education agenda and renew their traditional, higher purpose.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author's version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. 'This is an electronic version of an article published in Oxford Review of Education, 34 (2). Oxford Review of Education is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~content=a786632521~db=all~order=pubdate.'
Depositing User: Dr Cassandra Star
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2008 01:46
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:54
Uncontrolled Keywords: generic skills; graduate attributes; higher purpose of universities; knowledge society; mass education; universities; vocational education
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150305 Human Resources Management
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939908 Workforce Transition and Employment
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1080/03054980701672232
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/3552

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