Using critical incidents to create learning pathways between the real world and places of learning: Findings from a 2 year funded project aimed at improving understanding and capability in key employability skills

Hill, A. and Popovic, C. and Lawton, R. and Eland, J. and Morton, N. and Curzon, R. and Eastcott, D. and Tomas, C. (2010) Using critical incidents to create learning pathways between the real world and places of learning: Findings from a 2 year funded project aimed at improving understanding and capability in key employability skills. International Journal of Learning, 16 (12). pp. 157-170. ISSN 14479494 (ISSN)

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Abstract

This paper starts with a short introduction to the project, before discussing and illustrating new teaching resources which will be available for use across a wide range of disciplines. We are offering these for participants to use with their own students. The paper concludes with a summary of our three part evaluation process. This project aims to bridge the gap between the experience of students on courses in higher education and the expectations of employers. Our starting point was to interview employers about the problems that newly qualified graduates experience and rather than merely present this as a list of skills, we then captured these as critical incidents. In doing so the project team, working with our employers, have produced resources which illustrate a range of critical incidents which provide triggers towards deeper learning and the development of transferable employability skills, using a range of high and low technological solutions. The result is a suite of resources which address eight themes including issues as diverse as networking, managing ethical dilemmas and dealing with extreme emotions. These are available for use and adaptation in the full range of academic disciplines. The project has been evaluated in a three way process, including evaluation by and of the project team, evaluation of the project as a whole and finally evaluation of the individual products. The accompanying paper explores each of the processes for investigating, developing and evaluating the project in greater depth and analysis. © Common Ground, Anne Hill, Celia Popovic, Ruth Lawton, Jenny Eland, Nick Morton, Rachel Curzon, Diana Eastcott, Carmen Tomas, All Rights Reserved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Critical Incident, Employability, Evaluation, Resource
Subjects: X200 Research and Study Skills in Education
Divisions: UoA Collections > UoA25: Education
Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Study of Practice and Culture in Education (C-SPACE) > Re-thinking Higher Education Pedagogies and Practice
Depositing User: Yasser Nawaz
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2017 13:44
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2017 13:44
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2788

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