Teaching and learning generic skills in universities: the case of 'sociology' in a teacher education programme

Patterson, Annette , and Bell, James W. (2001) Teaching and learning generic skills in universities: the case of 'sociology' in a teacher education programme. Teaching in Higher Education, 6 (4). pp. 451-471.

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The paper examines the links between a recent focus in Australian universities on 'generic skills' or 'graduate qualities', and national employment policies directed at developing employment-related 'key competencies'. It examines the attempt by a team of teacher educators in Australia to develop curricula that would meet the goals of national workplace policy initiatives, while retaining the traditional university concern of teaching critical evaluation of information and social practice. The specific example is the teaching of sociology within a teacher education programme. However, the examples and analysis offered here would be of interest to university teachers working with students in any professional degree programme where there is an expectation that students will be able to understand and apply sociological knowledge within their professional field. The project was framed within the policy context of 'meeting students' needs'.

Item ID: 13413
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1470-1294
Keywords: education; generic skills; sociology
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2012 23:10
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education @ 51%
13 EDUCATION > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified @ 49%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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