Academic principles versus employability pressures: a modern power struggle or a creative opportunity?

Jameson, Jill and Strudwick, Katie and Bond-Taylor, Sue and Jones, Mandy (2012) Academic principles versus employability pressures: a modern power struggle or a creative opportunity? Teaching in Higher Education, 17 (1). pp. 25-37. ISSN 1356-2517

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Abstract

This paper considers both the difficulties and the opportunities created by the mounting political pressures on UK universities to increase the ‘employability’ of undergraduate students. Using the subject of criminology as an example, the paper considers tensions that can be created when practitioners are brought into the academy to contribute directly in the curriculum. The paper advocates that whilst such difficulties cannot be underestimated, academic engagement in this agenda can be beneficial. Using a brief example it will be argued that creative use of practitioner discourses not only empowers students in their career planning but can be used to facilitate student understanding of the links between critical theory and practice. Consideration is also given to the argument that staying out of the debate risks the marginalisation of academic influence.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:student employability, criminology, curriculum, discourse analysis
Subjects:X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:4874
Deposited By: Alison Wilson
Deposited On:25 Jan 2012 18:07
Last Modified:04 Dec 2013 21:26

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