ERIC Number: EJ788498
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Reference Count: 66
Teaching Generic Skills: Eroding the Higher Purpose of Universities, or an Opportunity for Renewal?
Star, Cassandra; Hammer, Sara
Oxford Review of Education, v34 n2 p237-251 Apr 2008
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 of 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 a 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.
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Foreign Countries, General Education, Higher Education, Educational Change, College Role, Role Perception, Graduate Study, Process Education, Skill Development, Student Educational Objectives, Institutional Mission, Educational Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia