Will students notice the difference? Embedding graduate capabilities in the curriculum

Theresa Winchester-Seeto, Agnes Bosanquet

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contribution

    7 Downloads (Pure)

    Abstract

    This paper describes the way in which Macquarie University is implementing graduate capabilities in the curriculum. It asks: What potential is there for graduate capabilities defined at an institutional level to improve student experience? In embedding graduate capabilities in the curriculum, is it possible to move beyond rhetoric and enact positive changes for learning and teaching? Without academic and student engagement, any changes are likely to have a limited impact. There are three key challenges involved: interpreting the guiding principles and graduate capabilities in terms that are meaningful and relevant to different disciplines; embedding graduate capabilities in the curriculum at unit and program level through constructive alignment; and demonstrating that units and programs provide students with opportunities to develop the desired capabilities. Three case studies – from Chiropractic, Health Studies and Accounting – are presented to demonstrate the importance of a discipline or program specific approach in the implementation phase to ensure that students notice the difference.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Student experience
    Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the 32nd HERDSA annual conference, 6-9 July 2009, Charles Darwin University, Northern Territory, Australia
    EditorsHelen Wozniak, Sonia Bartoluzzi
    Place of PublicationMilperra, Australia
    PublisherHERDSA
    Pages509-518
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)0908557787
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    EventHigher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Conference (32nd : 2009) - Darwin, Australia
    Duration: 6 Jul 20099 Jul 2009

    Publication series

    NameResearch and development in higher education
    PublisherHERDSA
    Volume32
    ISSN (Print)0155-6223

    Conference

    ConferenceHigher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Conference (32nd : 2009)
    CityDarwin, Australia
    Period6/07/099/07/09

    Bibliographical note

    Copyright 2009 Theresa Winchester-Seeto and Agnes Bosanquet. Version archived for private and non-commercial use with the permission of the author/s and according to publisher conditions. For further rights please contact the publisher.

    Keywords

    • graduate capabilities
    • curriculum
    • student learning

    Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Will students notice the difference? Embedding graduate capabilities in the curriculum'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this

    Winchester-Seeto, T., & Bosanquet, A. (2009). Will students notice the difference? Embedding graduate capabilities in the curriculum. In H. Wozniak, & S. Bartoluzzi (Eds.), The Student experience: proceedings of the 32nd HERDSA annual conference, 6-9 July 2009, Charles Darwin University, Northern Territory, Australia (pp. 509-518). (Research and development in higher education; Vol. 32). Milperra, Australia: HERDSA.