The generic skills debate in research higher degrees

Gilbert, Rob, Balatti, Jo, Turner, Phil, and Whitehouse, Hilary (2004) The generic skills debate in research higher degrees. Higher Education Research & Development, 23 (3). pp. 375-388.

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Abstract

Generic or transferable skills as outcomes of research higher degrees have been the subject of considerable development and debate in universities in recent times. The development of generic skills has been motivated by the belief that there are skills which all graduates should possess, and which would be applicable to a wide range of tasks and contexts beyond the university setting. This paper reviews these developments and debates drawing on a literature from the USA, the UK, with particular reference to Australia. It cites examples of generic skills programs and considers evidence of students' responses to them. Reviewing criticisms which have been levelled at the idea of generic skills in research higher degrees, the discussion identifies a number of questions which need to be addressed if this development is to succeed.

Item ID: 6378
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: doctoral curriculum; generic skills; higher degree; research training
ISSN: 1469-8366
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2010 00:41
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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