ERIC Number: EJ1122940
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
A Framework for Enabling Graduate Outcomes in Undergraduate Programmes
Bond, C. H.; Spronken-Smith, R.; McLean, A.; Smith, N.; Frielick, S.; Jenkins, M.; Marshall, S.
Higher Education Research and Development, v36 n1 p43-58 2017
Our research aim was to determine what enables engagement with graduate outcomes in tertiary institutions in Aotearoa/New Zealand. We used a mixed methods approach comprising a survey sent to all tertiary institutions, follow-up interviews with 10 academic leaders and eight case studies of good practice of programmes engaged with graduate outcomes across four institutions. Using a general inductive approach, analysis of the academic leader interviews generated five categories of enablers: external drivers, structural/procedural, development, student achievement and contextual enablers. Combining these enablers led to an integrating framework for institutional engagement in the development of graduate outcomes. Drawing on wider datasets from the survey, interviews and cases studies, relevant strategies were identified that staff and students perceived influenced the development of graduate outcomes. The framework and the associated strategies adopt a "whole-of-institution" approach, which is inclusive of programmes, staff and students and their individual histories, traditions, cultures and purposes thus allowing for each institution's unique characteristics.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Outcomes of Education, Mixed Methods Research, Interviews, Administrator Attitudes, Case Studies, Online Surveys, Institutional Characteristics, Administrative Organization, Administrative Principles, Academic Achievement, Performance Factors, Context Effect, Undergraduate Study, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand
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