From theory to practice: Equipping and enabling Australia’s educators to embed employability across higher education

2016 OLT National Senior Teaching Fellowship

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Professor Dawn Bennett

Fellowship years: 2016 - 2018

Abstract: Employability has received significant attention in recent years. However, whilst the characteristics of employability are generally understood, the challenge of embedding employability development within higher education programmes remains in critical need of attention. Defining employability as ‘the ability to find, create and sustain work and learning across lengthening working lives and multiple work settings’, this Fellowship leads a strategic programme of change across higher education. Thus, the Fellowship responds to the demand for change within higher education (teaching) and among students and graduates (learning) by operationalising programme-wide employability development. The Fellowship emphasises the cognitive and social aspects of employability through which learners develop as individuals, professionals and social citizens. In collaboration with a scholarly community of experts, the Fellowship adopts a team-based approach to build the sector’s capacity to prepare graduates who are active and intentional in the personal practices that support their work and learning.

Fellowship discipline: Interdisciplinary