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Critical research of graduate outcomes, feedback and industry input into the development of undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum regarding the improvement of quality professional social care service delivery

Oliver, Judith A. (2005) Critical research of graduate outcomes, feedback and industry input into the development of undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum regarding the improvement of quality professional social care service delivery. In Social Change in the 21st Century Conference, 28 October 2005, QUT Carseldine, Brisbane.

Abstract

The intention of this project was to enhance the ability of graduates of Queensland University of Technology's (QUT) Bachelor of Social Science (Human Services) degree to address the complex, changing and diverse social care needs of service users and communities, and to better meet the professional practice standards and expectations of employers and professional bodies such as the Australian Institute of Welfare and Community Workers (AIWCW). It was envisaged that by using Human Service graduate outcomes and feedback, and industry input, to collaboratively develop relevant undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum, the quality of professional social care service delivery would be improved. Methodology involved both qualitative and quantitative analysis from sources such as focus groups, industry forums and finally a questionnaire. Data analysis focused on identifying the degree of graduate satisfaction with course preparation; curriculum requirements to address graduate and industry needs and relationships between graduate outcomes and undergraduate curriculum. The overall results of the questionnaire indicate that participants were mostly positive in their responses regarding the adequacy and relevancy of the undergraduate curriculum in preparing students for professional practice.

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ID Code: 3534
Item Type: Conference Paper
ISBN: 1741071089
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIAL WORK (160700) > Social Program Evaluation (160703)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Judith A. Oliver
Deposited On: 20 Feb 2006
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:15

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