Why belonging still matters: Student success beyond generic employability skills

Araujo, N, Wilson, R and Clarke, B 2015, 'Why belonging still matters: Student success beyond generic employability skills', in STARS 2015 Conference Proceedings, Melbourne, Australia, 1-4 July 2015, pp. 1-10.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Why belonging still matters: Student success beyond generic employability skills
Author(s) Araujo, N
Wilson, R
Clarke, B
Year 2015
Conference name STARS Students Transitions Achievements Retention and Success
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 1-4 July 2015
Proceedings title STARS 2015 Conference Proceedings
Publisher Unistars
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Abstract Drawing on 2014 pilot initiatives from The Belonging Project, a four-year research project at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, this paper argues for more humanistic and holistic approaches to employability. It maintains that in theorizing and implementing employability models educators must not lose sight of holistic understandings of student success. While generic skills in numeracy, literacy, and communication are important, the foundation of employability must always be a sense of belonging that enables increased selfawareness, confidence, and connection throughout all stages of the student lifecycle. This paper proposes a model for employability that focuses not only on key generic skills, but also on capturing and supporting existing diversity in the classroom, appropriately scaffolded professionally embedded curriculum and relevant assessment, and ensuring all students have access to peak global professional experiences.
Subjects Higher Education
Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
Keyword(s) Student Engagement
Employability
Student Success
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