Generic skill development for research higher degree students : an Australian example

Wissler, Rodney C. & Manathunga, Catherine (2003) Generic skill development for research higher degree students : an Australian example. International Journal of Instructional Media, 30.

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With an increasing number of research graduates looking for employment outside universities, it has become more important that they are able to develop and document the range of transferable skills that they acquire as part of their research education that go beyond the completion of a scholarly thesis. Until recently, Australian universities have only focused on undergraduate generic skills, or graduate attributes as they are also called, and have begun to map their development throughout undergraduate degree programs (Bowden et al, 2000). Few have officially listed postgraduate research generic skills. This paper examines the Australian Council of Deans and Directors list of generic skills research higher degree students should develop, which they discussed in 1999. The different approaches adopted to the development of these skills in Australia and the UK are explored. This provides a background to an innovative project conducted by the Australian Technology Network (l) Deans and Directors Of Graduate Studies (ATN DDOGS) group to develop a series of online modules designed to facilitate the development of research graduates' generic skills (the ATN Learning Employment Aptitudes Program (ATN LEAP)). These modules will broaden the skill and knowledge base of ATN research students, supporting the fundamental learning partnership between supervisors and students and ensuring that research graduates are able to experience a smoother transition from study to work in the professions or industry.

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ID Code: 19023
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0092-1815
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Research and Commercialisation
Deposited On: 23 Mar 2009 02:51
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 15:53

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