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Developing the human service curriculum using graduate and employer feedback

Oliver, Judith-Ann (2006) Developing the human service curriculum using graduate and employer feedback. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 1(1), pp. 35-44.

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Abstract

Human service graduates require a range of skills and competencies to address the complex, changing and diverse social care needs of service users and communities. This paper reports a curriculum evaluation study that gathered the views of graduates and employers regarding current professional requirements and knowledge needs. Data collected via focus groups, industry forums and a questionnaire were analysed to identify the level of graduate and employer satisfaction with the existing curriculum of an Australian university’s human service degree program in terms of addressing graduate and industry needs. While findings were generally positive we received valuable feedback with respect to the importance of critical evaluation and the role of the practicum in preparing students for employment as well as insight into a range of practical skills that beginning professionals feel would enhance their ability to improve the delivery of professional social care services.

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ID Code: 22425
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Graduate Outcomes, Industry Input, Professional Social Care Service Delivery
ISSN: 1833-1882
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Economics Business and Management) (130205)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified (130299)
Deposited On: 17 Jun 2009 23:12
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:26

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