Employability: The missing voice: How student and graduate views could be used to develop future higher education policy and inform curricula
The student voice is currently absent from the employability agenda for higher education in the UK. A government-led neoliberal model of employability, claiming what employers want when employing graduates, has been uncritically adopted by many universities in Britain to inform higher education strategy and policy. Many undergraduates and graduates perceive this employability model as incongruent and disingenuous to their experiences in gaining and sustaining work. The dominant employability discourse masks inequalities in the contemporary labour market. In developing policies for the future of higher education, British government departments should recognise the student lens by researching students’ qualitative experiences and reflections of teaching, learning and work. Students should be a collaborative part of future planning and their voices should be continuously informing higher education practice. Student and graduate views can be used to inform higher education curricula and to develop meaningful, future policy relating to higher education.
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Citation : Higdon, R. (2016) Employability: The missing voice: How student and graduate views could be used to develop future higher education policy and inform curricula. Power and Education, 8 (2), pp. 176-195
Research Institute : Institute for Research in Criminology, Community, Education and Social Justice
Peer Reviewed : Yes