Preparing graduates for the professions using scenario-based learning

Errington, Ed (2010) Preparing graduates for the professions using scenario-based learning. Post Pressed, Mt Gravatt, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

This is an ideal book for tertiary teachers on the front line who are doing their best to bridge gaps between their discipline area and professional practice with a view to optimising graduate employability. This collection of ideas will also prove useful for curriculum specialists, work-based-learning advisers, teacher educators, coordinators of academic development programs, and all others sharing the front line. Its main purpose is to report on ways that scenario-based learning can be planned, delivered, evaluated, and reflected upon in a systematic way to embed desirable graduate attributes.

An expanding student population, widening participation and the subsequent pressure on work placement opportunities where students, as would-be professionals can articulate and present their experience has resulted in a re-evaluation of what is possible on professional training/development courses. Added to these pressures, is the respective governments' insistence on institutions helping students bridge perceived gaps between subject theory and professional practice.

Contributors to this anthology argue that simulated or 'near-world' scenarios, delivered as "essential slices of (professional) reality", (Stewart 2003:) can help build bridges of understanding between university disciplines and the world of work no matter what the subject area. Real-world scenarios can be embedded in most curriculum areas when based on notions of 'authentic learning'. That is, learning in situ, or situated learning which reflects, in a true-to- life way the actual norms, cultural knowledge, roles, responsibilities and language of the chosen workplace.

Dr Edward Peter Errington is an Academic Development Adviser within Teaching & Learning Development at James Cook University, Townsville, North Queensland. He is author of five other international texts that explore the uses of scenario-based learning in relation to the employability of tertiary graduates. He has lengthy experience of working with university staff from a broad range of disciplines - aiming to enhance the employability prospects of university graduates in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. He has published six other books on the efficacy of scenario-based learning and met invitations to present his work in 15 countries.

Item ID: 11638
Item Type: Book (Edited)
Keywords: scenario-based learning; employability; graduate attributes
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ISBN: 978-1-921214-66-0
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2010 02:58
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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