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Are employability and entrepreneurial measures for higher education relevant? Introducing AGILE reflection

Are employability and entrepreneurial measures for higher education relevant? Introducing AGILE reflection
Are employability and entrepreneurial measures for higher education relevant? Introducing AGILE reflection
This paper considers the relevance of current measures of employability and entrepreneurial (E&E) outcomes for evaluating the longer term value of a course of Higher Education (HE) study. HE stakeholders continue to discuss whether exit performance metrics engender positive or negative responses, with educators arguing that E&E outcomes should not focus heavily on hard skills, but a broader range of behavioural, attitudinal and mindset changes, claiming these provide greater longitudinal value for graduates. Through a critical review of literature and models, the paper explores; effectiveness of HE first destination metrics at capturing E&E outcomes; whether explicit links exist between these; and what role students have in developing a narrative of their own E&E outcomes? The discussion examines ‘atheoretical’ perspectives in E&E education and issues of generalisability due to contextual variability, yet identifies common key mindset dimensions which are incorporated into a proposed ‘AGILE’ learning tool for students to reflect and develop a narrative of their E&E related development against: Adaptable, Gatherer, Identity Awareness, Life-Long Learning and Enterprising capabilities. Thus it contributes an approach which HE stakeholders could consider the value of embedding within their own curricula, placing the onus on students to reflect, self-evaluate and record personalised ‘small-wins’.
entrepreneurship, enterprise, measures, employability, mindset, reflective practice
0950-4222
375-390
Clinkard, Karen
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Clinkard, Karen
b8833b53-4684-49cc-b095-dc29c0523396

Clinkard, Karen (2018) Are employability and entrepreneurial measures for higher education relevant? Introducing AGILE reflection. Industry and Higher Education, 32 (6), 375-390. (doi:10.1177/0950422218808625).

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This paper considers the relevance of current measures of employability and entrepreneurial (E&E) outcomes for evaluating the longer term value of a course of Higher Education (HE) study. HE stakeholders continue to discuss whether exit performance metrics engender positive or negative responses, with educators arguing that E&E outcomes should not focus heavily on hard skills, but a broader range of behavioural, attitudinal and mindset changes, claiming these provide greater longitudinal value for graduates. Through a critical review of literature and models, the paper explores; effectiveness of HE first destination metrics at capturing E&E outcomes; whether explicit links exist between these; and what role students have in developing a narrative of their own E&E outcomes? The discussion examines ‘atheoretical’ perspectives in E&E education and issues of generalisability due to contextual variability, yet identifies common key mindset dimensions which are incorporated into a proposed ‘AGILE’ learning tool for students to reflect and develop a narrative of their E&E related development against: Adaptable, Gatherer, Identity Awareness, Life-Long Learning and Enterprising capabilities. Thus it contributes an approach which HE stakeholders could consider the value of embedding within their own curricula, placing the onus on students to reflect, self-evaluate and record personalised ‘small-wins’.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 9 November 2018
Published date: 1 December 2018
Keywords: entrepreneurship, enterprise, measures, employability, mindset, reflective practice

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Local EPrints ID: 427806
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/427806
ISSN: 0950-4222
PURE UUID: ba2bd8da-a018-4d18-8d63-faff650b4e92

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Date deposited: 29 Jan 2019 17:30
Last modified: 25 Nov 2021 20:23

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