Do university students, alumni, educators and employers link assessment and graduate employability?

Shelley Kinash, Laura McGillivray, Linda Crane

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)
90 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

Within higher education literature, assessment and graduate employability are linked and co-presented, in that quality student assessment is purported to enhance employability. This research was designed to query the extent to which these same conceptual links are perceived by those actively involved in higher education. Four stakeholder groups from multiple disciplines and eight Australian states and territories (students, alumni, educators and employers) were interviewed about graduate employability (n s= 127). Interviewers intentionally omitted any mention of assessment to determine whether the various stakeholders would bring it up themselves when asked questions such as what is and is not effective for nurturing employability. The results indicated that among the educators, assessment emerged as a dominant theme. While the three other stakeholder groups infrequently used the term assessment, they did discuss related educational concepts and practices in the context of enhanced employability. All stakeholder groups identified a missing link between theory and practice, with educators specifying that link as assessment. Recommendations to improve employability through assessment are the key takeaways from this research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-315
Number of pages15
JournalHigher Education Research and Development
Volume37
Issue number2
Early online date7 Sep 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Feb 2018

Fingerprint

alumni
employability
employer
graduate
educator
university
stakeholder
student
Group
education
interview

Cite this

@article{4ddc54e76f794d089d055cb490a8f6dc,
title = "Do university students, alumni, educators and employers link assessment and graduate employability?",
abstract = "Within higher education literature, assessment and graduate employability are linked and co-presented, in that quality student assessment is purported to enhance employability. This research was designed to query the extent to which these same conceptual links are perceived by those actively involved in higher education. Four stakeholder groups from multiple disciplines and eight Australian states and territories (students, alumni, educators and employers) were interviewed about graduate employability (n s= 127). Interviewers intentionally omitted any mention of assessment to determine whether the various stakeholders would bring it up themselves when asked questions such as what is and is not effective for nurturing employability. The results indicated that among the educators, assessment emerged as a dominant theme. While the three other stakeholder groups infrequently used the term assessment, they did discuss related educational concepts and practices in the context of enhanced employability. All stakeholder groups identified a missing link between theory and practice, with educators specifying that link as assessment. Recommendations to improve employability through assessment are the key takeaways from this research.",
author = "Shelley Kinash and Laura McGillivray and Linda Crane",
year = "2018",
month = "2",
day = "23",
doi = "10.1080/07294360.2017.1370439",
language = "English",
volume = "37",
pages = "301--315",
journal = "Higher Education Research and Development",
issn = "0729-4360",
publisher = "Routledge",
number = "2",

}

Do university students, alumni, educators and employers link assessment and graduate employability? / Kinash, Shelley; McGillivray, Laura; Crane, Linda.

In: Higher Education Research and Development, Vol. 37, No. 2, 23.02.2018, p. 301-315.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

TY - JOUR

T1 - Do university students, alumni, educators and employers link assessment and graduate employability?

AU - Kinash, Shelley

AU - McGillivray, Laura

AU - Crane, Linda

PY - 2018/2/23

Y1 - 2018/2/23

N2 - Within higher education literature, assessment and graduate employability are linked and co-presented, in that quality student assessment is purported to enhance employability. This research was designed to query the extent to which these same conceptual links are perceived by those actively involved in higher education. Four stakeholder groups from multiple disciplines and eight Australian states and territories (students, alumni, educators and employers) were interviewed about graduate employability (n s= 127). Interviewers intentionally omitted any mention of assessment to determine whether the various stakeholders would bring it up themselves when asked questions such as what is and is not effective for nurturing employability. The results indicated that among the educators, assessment emerged as a dominant theme. While the three other stakeholder groups infrequently used the term assessment, they did discuss related educational concepts and practices in the context of enhanced employability. All stakeholder groups identified a missing link between theory and practice, with educators specifying that link as assessment. Recommendations to improve employability through assessment are the key takeaways from this research.

AB - Within higher education literature, assessment and graduate employability are linked and co-presented, in that quality student assessment is purported to enhance employability. This research was designed to query the extent to which these same conceptual links are perceived by those actively involved in higher education. Four stakeholder groups from multiple disciplines and eight Australian states and territories (students, alumni, educators and employers) were interviewed about graduate employability (n s= 127). Interviewers intentionally omitted any mention of assessment to determine whether the various stakeholders would bring it up themselves when asked questions such as what is and is not effective for nurturing employability. The results indicated that among the educators, assessment emerged as a dominant theme. While the three other stakeholder groups infrequently used the term assessment, they did discuss related educational concepts and practices in the context of enhanced employability. All stakeholder groups identified a missing link between theory and practice, with educators specifying that link as assessment. Recommendations to improve employability through assessment are the key takeaways from this research.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85029413991&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1080/07294360.2017.1370439

DO - 10.1080/07294360.2017.1370439

M3 - Article

VL - 37

SP - 301

EP - 315

JO - Higher Education Research and Development

JF - Higher Education Research and Development

SN - 0729-4360

IS - 2

ER -