An Interdisciplinary Approach to Developing Graduate Qualities in Higher Education: A Case Study of Applying Theory to Practice

By David Badenoch.

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There is a world-wide movement within higher education to deliberately focus on and market the development of generic transferable student graduate qualities. Mastery of these characteristics by graduates are seen as desirable attributes by prospective employers and organisations that increasingly need to operate within rapidly changing and multi-dimensional national and international contexts.
This paper describes an innovative practice of using an interdisciplinary teaching and integrated learning approach to developing generic graduate qualities within an undergraduate course at the University of South Australia. Evaluation of the course focused on students’ perceived outcomes and is reported via quantitative and qualitative data. The results show that a substantial majority of students believed that they had progressed significantly in the development of the generic graduate qualities. It is suggested that, in terms of developing graduate qualities, interdisciplinary teaching and integrated learning practices may serve a valuable purpose in complementing more traditional discipline specific teaching approaches.

Keywords: Graduate Qualities, Interdisciplinary Teaching, Integrative Learning, Higher Education, Student Evaluation

The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 7, Issue 10, pp.49-60. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 627.864KB).

Mr David Badenoch

Senior Lecturer, Coordinator of Physical Education,Sport and Play Studies,, School of Education,, University of South Australia, University of South Australia, Australia

I have a background in secondary school teaching, as a government department curriculum adviser, as a university lecturer, researcher and Head of School, and as a national and international consultant. My teaching and research interests are scholarship of teaching, interdisciplinary and integrated teaching and learning approaches in higher education, play theory, research & its applications, philosophy of adventue, sport & physical education and best practices in wilderness and adventure programs for youth at risk. I am a Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of Physical Education, Sport and Play Studies in the School of Education at the University of South Australia and a multi award winner for university excellence in teaching.

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