This Wednesday’s #LTHEchat is going to discuss ‘graduate attributes’.
“Graduate attributes are the qualities, skills and understandings a university community agrees its students should develop during their time with the institution’ (Glasgow University)
In Graduate Attributes, Learning and Employability, edited by Hager and Holland (2006a) they characterised the relationship between the term ‘graduate attributes’ and learning and employability as being one of change: changing conceptions of learning as well as constantly changing opportunities and requirements for employment. Although published nearly 10 years ago, that transition from a period of institutional specification of skills development, to a more student-centred focus to the design and direction of learning programmes is still incomplete. The argument that the focus on graduate attributes needs to be located as part of a lifelong learning framework is still current, and indeed timely, as at least some institutions appear to be looking afresh at identifying and reinforcing programme level outcomes as a driver for curriculum design”.
Peter is a principal lecturer, until recently in the Learning Development Unit, at the University of Central Lancashire, now in the school of Medicine.