Changing perceptions underpinning graduate attributes

a pilot study

Agnes Bosanquet, Theresa Winchester-Seeto, Anna Rowe

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    Abstract

    The research discussed in this paper presents the preliminary findings of a comparative analysis of graduate attributes statements across Australian universities. Specifically, it addresses the change over fifteen years through a thematic and word frequency analysis of institutional definitions of and justifications for graduate attributes. An analysis of the scholarship around graduate attributes demonstrates four broad conceptions of their purpose: employability; lifelong learning; preparing for an uncertain future; and acting for the social good. Our findings reveal the emergence of a further three conceptions in the last five years: adapting to change, promoting change and community leadership. This is aligned with a shift in emphasis towards community and participation. This research demonstrates a number of assumptions embedded in attribute statements concerning the primacy of the individual, the future of work and life, and the privileging of particular moral and ideological perspectives or values.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationResearch and development in higher education
    Subtitle of host publicationpapers presented at the 33rd annual conference of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia
    EditorsM. Devlin, J. Nagy, A. Lichtenberg
    Place of PublicationMilperra, NSW
    PublisherHigher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia
    Pages105-117
    Number of pages13
    ISBN (Print)0908557809
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    EventHigher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Conference (33rd : 2010) - Melbourne
    Duration: 6 Jul 20109 Jul 2010

    Publication series

    NameResearch and development in higher education
    PublisherHigher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia
    Volume33
    ISSN (Print)0155-6223

    Conference

    ConferenceHigher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Conference (33rd : 2010)
    CityMelbourne
    Period6/07/109/07/10

    Keywords

    • graduate attributes
    • graduate capabilities
    • student outcomes

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    Bosanquet, A., Winchester-Seeto, T., & Rowe, A. (2010). Changing perceptions underpinning graduate attributes: a pilot study. In M. Devlin, J. Nagy, & A. Lichtenberg (Eds.), Research and development in higher education: papers presented at the 33rd annual conference of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (pp. 105-117). (Research and development in higher education; Vol. 33). Milperra, NSW: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia.