Major influences on the teaching and assessment of graduate attributes

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de la Harpe, Barbara and David, Christina. 2012. "Major influences on the teaching and assessment of graduate attributes ." Higher Education Research and Development. 31 (4), pp. 493-510. https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2011.629361
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Major influences on the teaching and assessment of graduate attributes

ERA Journal ID20348
Article CategoryArticle
Authorsde la Harpe, Barbara and David, Christina
Journal TitleHigher Education Research and Development
Journal Citation31 (4), pp. 493-510
Number of Pages18
Year2012
PublisherRoutledge
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0729-4360
1469-8366
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2011.629361
Web Address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07294360.2011.629361
Abstract

Efforts to systematically integrate graduate attributes across university curricula have relied on academic staff acceptance and ability to translate top-down policy into teaching practice. The literature and anecdotal reports over the past two decades show limited success in the area using this approach. Why is this so? Teaching staff across 16 Australian universities were surveyed, as part of an Australian Learning and Teaching Council-funded grant, regarding their beliefs about graduate attributes and their willingness and confidence to teach and assess them. The study found that although 73% of academic staff surveyed believed graduate attributes were important, there was a substantial difference between beliefs and actual emphasis reported in practice. We consider the major influences on the teaching and assessment of graduate attributes, the implications for policy development and implementation, and propose a rethink in relation to how to work towards improved graduate attribute outcomes in universities. © 2012 Copyright HERDSA.

Keywordsassessment; beliefs; curriculum; graduate attributes; teaching
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