The University and the Knowledge Network: A New Educational Model for Twenty-first Century Learning and Employability

Bridgstock, Ruth (2016) The University and the Knowledge Network: A New Educational Model for Twenty-first Century Learning and Employability. In Tomlinson, Michael & Holmes, Leonard (Eds.) Graduate Employability in Context: Theory, Research and Debate. Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 339-358.

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The higher education sector is under ongoing pressure to demonstrate quality and efficacy of educational provision, including graduate outcomes. Preparing students as far as possible for the world of professional work has become one of the central tasks of contemporary universities. This challenging task continues to receive significant attention by policy makers and scholars, in the broader contexts of widespread labour market uncertainty and massification of the higher education system (Tomlinson, 2012). In contrast to the previous era of the university, in which ongoing professional employment was virtually guaranteed to university-qualified individuals, contemporary graduates must now be proactive and flexible. They must adapt to a job market that may not accept them immediately, and has continually shifting requirements (Clarke, 2008). The saying goes that rather than seeking security in employment, graduates must now “seek security in employability”. However, as I will argue in this chapter, the current curricular and pedagogic approaches universities adopt, and indeed the core structural characteristics of university-based education, militate against the development of the capabilities that graduates require now and into the future.

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ID Code: 93671
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: graduate employability, connected learning, social networks, graduate capabilities, HERN
DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-57168-7_16
ISBN: 9781137571687
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
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 > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies (200102)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Digital Media Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: 2017 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 14 Mar 2016 01:43
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2017 10:29

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