Embedding employability in the curriculum
About the project
The need for universities to equip their students for successful lives and careers in an uncertain and rapidly changing world is unarguable. In a collaborative effort between the University of Auckland, University of Otago and the New Zealand Association of Graduate Employers (NZAGE), this project aims to discover and disseminate pedagogies for embedding employability capabilities in advanced and research informed curricula.
The aim of the project is to collaborate in an action research project to discover, trial and disseminate effective and efficient means of embedding employability in the curriculum. The project is guided by the following objectives:
- build understanding of effective curriculum based and co-curricula pedagogies for developing and evidencing employability attributes;
- build understanding of the mechanisms and assessment techniques for incorporating and recognising co-curricula, life and employment experiences within degree programmes;
- trial and evaluate effective practices across settings;
- build and disseminate a guiding framework and tools for lecturers, programme designers and leaders in learning and teaching.
Design / Methodology
The project will be completed through five phases of interrelated activity:
- phase one: investigate and share practices with stakeholders;
- phase two: conduct focused literature reviews to create a draft framework for embedding employability attributes;
- phase three: conduct a series of two-step case analyses in order to document successful practices, identify archetypal interventions and evaluate their impact;
- phase four: assess how readily observed practices can be replicated by others;
- phase five: prepare detailed guidance and tools to enable others to adopt and build on our work.
- Professor Susan Geertshuis, University of Auckland (Principal Investigator)
- Dr Rob Wass, University of Otago
- Tim Watts, NZAGE
- Associate Professor Helena Cooper-Thomas, University of Auckland
- Associate Professor Jennifer Curtin, University of Auckland
- Bernadette Knewstubb, Victoria University of Wellington
- Brendon Potter, University of Auckland
- Dr Annette Dunham, University of Auckland
- Dr Barbara Kensington-Miller, University of Auckland
- Dr Sean Strum, University of Auckland
- Narissa Lewis, University of Auckland
- Peta Moberley, University of Auckland
- Professor Gavin Brown, University of Auckland
- Professor Rachel Spronken-Smith, University of Otago
Ako Aotearoa $147,067
Tertiary Institutions and NZAGE $152,933
Project commencement: Start 2017
Expected completion: End 2018
Geertshuis, S. Wass, R., and Lewis, N (30 November, 2016). Future Ready Graduates workshop. Tertiary Education Research in New Zealand (TERNZ) Conference, Dunedin.
Geertshuis, S. Wass, R., and Lewis, N (1 December, 2016). Embedding Employability. Presentation at the TERNZ Conference, Dunedin.
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