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Student Employability and its Implications for Geography Curricula and Learning Practices

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Abstract:

The nature and mission of universities have changed over the past two decades. The move towards mass education with decreased levels of state support has come with greater levels of accountability to stakeholders, including students, employers and the state itself. Graduates are expected to exhibit greater degrees of employability: that is they are more likely to gain and maintain employment, and to progress in workplaces and build careers. In this paper, we discuss the varying mixes of geographical knowledge, technical competencies and personal attributes that graduates require, before examining the implications on the design of geography curricula and learning practices.

Keywords: Employability; attributes; competencies; curricula; learning practices

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03098265.2011.563379

Affiliations: 1: School of Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences, RMIT University, Australia 2: Faculty of Geography,Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania 3: Department of Geography,Oklahoma State University, USA 4: Department of Geography,Texas A&M University, USA 5: Department of Geography,University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Publication date: August 1, 2011

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