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Developing successful intelligence: a curriculum for employability in changing markets for graduate labour

Johnston, Bill and Watson, Aileen (2005) Developing successful intelligence: a curriculum for employability in changing markets for graduate labour. In: Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Researching Work and Learning. University of Technology Sydney. ISBN 192054970

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Abstract

A key pedagogical challenge for undergraduate educators in integrating work and learning in the curriculum, is the identification of appropriate conceptual constructs to facilitate student learning and development. State and employer organisations have articulated a discourse of 'key skills' which has been adopted by universities, and yoked to innovations in pedagogy for employability. We propose the construct 'successful intelligence' to enhance pedagogy for employability. We show how it might be introduced to the undergraduate business curriculum, using a case study of the evolution of an undergraduate management development programme to ground our thinking in practice. We also use student perceptions of teaching, learning, and career planning to distinguish what students regard as real and relevant in their studies, contributing to employability.