Tailoring graduate attributes to meet the needs of international students in a pathway program

Velliaris, D.M. and Breen, P. 2016. Tailoring graduate attributes to meet the needs of international students in a pathway program. Journal of International Students. 6 (2), pp. 565-587.

TitleTailoring graduate attributes to meet the needs of international students in a pathway program
AuthorsVelliaris, D.M. and Breen, P.
Abstract

Increasingly within higher education there has been a drive towards transformation of the learning experience to incorporate skills that extend beyond traditional definitions of academic literacy. This has meant that today’s graduates are expected to leace their places of study with an increased awareness of the attributes they have acquired over the course of their educational journey. This set of accumulated skills, knowledge, and abilities of students has come to be known as Graduate Attributes (GAs), which this paper sets out to define, and then reshape around the needs of international students on pathway, or pre-degree, programmes. Having reviewed the relevant literature and found definitions of a phenomenon that is still relatively new to higher education, it then provides an instance of how the formulation of these attributes has been tailored to meet the needs of international students. In order to do this, and take into account a shorter timeframe of study, the focus was on the acquisition of Core Learning Values (CLVs) rather than Graduate Attributes. To capture a sense of how this worked in practice, the study focuses on the case of Eynesbury Institute of Business and Technology (EIBT), which serves as the setting for a study that explored the way ‘values’ can be added to the study experience of those in Australian first-year pathway instititions. As such this is a small scale instance of action research that has been designed as a means of reflection for EIBT, and as a means of stimulating further developments in the area of interlinking values with attributes so as to enhance the activity of providing a positive learning experience of international students on pathway programmes.

KeywordsHigher Education; Graduate Attributes; Technologies; English for Academic Purposes; Language Education
Article number12
JournalJournal of International Students
Journal citation6 (2), pp. 565-587
ISSN2162-3104
Year2016
PublisherANZSSA
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Web address (URL)https://jistudents.files.wordpress.com/2016/03/jis2016_6_2_12_elevating-academic-writing-and-integrity.pdf
Publication dates
Published14 Mar 2016
LicenseCC BY-NC-ND 3.0

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