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ERIC Number: EJ1048320
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Dec
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Embedding Graduate Attributes at the Inception of a Chemistry Major in a Bachelor of Science
Windsor, Sarah A. M.; Rutter, Kerry; McKay, David B.; Meyers, Noel
Journal of Chemical Education, v91 n12 p2078-2083 Dec 2014
Future employers increasingly require work-ready graduates. Higher education institutions throughout the world have responded through reforming the curriculum of major strands of study to incorporate graduate attributes. In this case study, we explicitly taught graduate attributes, obliged students to practice their newfound capabilities, gave feedback on their mastery of their new talents, and then assessed their expertise. We worked with students to progressively acquire graduate attributes that they need to become professional chemists. We implemented this strategy in a coherent suite of eight courses at a regional university in Australia. Our purpose was to design a tranche of eight courses to sequentially guide students' mastery of graduate attributes in ways that would contribute to producing "bench-ready" chemists. Students' perceptions of their acquisition of graduate attributes were ascertained through surveys and compared with student performance on assessment tasks. The knowledgeable and problem-solving graduate attributes were successfully developed in the first-year course, SCI105 Chemistry, and the third-year course, Physical Chemistry, respectively. The communication, engaged, ethical, and sustainability-focused graduate attributes were simultaneously developed in the second-year course, Inorganic Chemistry. We present here our model and underlying framework in such a way that others could implement this strategy in another context.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia