Graduate research capabilities : a new agenda for research supervisors

Hill, Geof & Walsh, Shari P. (2010) Graduate research capabilities : a new agenda for research supervisors. Australian Journal of Career Development, 19(3), pp. 79-81.

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There has been a conversation about university graduate employability within the Higher Education literature for some time (Cryer, 1997; Barrie, 2004, 2006, 2007; Murray, 2000; McAlpine, 2005). Within this, and often under the banner of questioning the relevance of the PhD (Murray, 2000), there have been discussions about the employability of research postgraduates. Both the broad discussion of graduate employment and the specific discussion of research degree graduate employment have produced an agenda of graduate research capabilities. Traditionally, assisting research higher degree (RHD) students with their career development has not been an articulated part of the research supervision process. However, the graduate research capabilities agenda has added a new element to the practices of research supervision, in that it brings with it a mandate for research graduates to be aware of the range of capabilities they have acquired through their research degree candidature and how these apply in the workforce. Additionally, there is an emphasis on preparing students for varied career paths rather than a traditional academic route (e.g., in industry or government). Supervisors have a vital role to play in assisting students with these important career development tasks. In this practice application brief we report on a strategy recently used at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) to assist supervisors understand their role in a student’s career development.

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ID Code: 34180
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Graduate Research Capabilities, Community of Practice, Research Supervision, Appreciative Inquiry, HERN
ISSN: 1038-4162
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Administrative Services
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Research and Commercialisation
Deposited On: 22 Aug 2010 23:32
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2012 07:22

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