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Diver, G and Diver, AR (2019) Conclusion. In: Diver, A, (ed.) Employability via Higher Education: Sustainability as Scholarship. Springer, pp. 541-564. ISBN 978-3-030-26341-6

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Economic austerities and political uncertainties seem set to continue for the foreseeable future, beyond within and beyond the borders of the UK. Higher Education’s ‘wider mission’ must therefore surely be to keep engaging as fully as possible with those who are in need, providing or preserving a safe haven for all who wish to push themselves in the pursuit of learning and the embracing of ethical ideals and work practices, and the furthering of social justice. HE must offer where possible a meaningful ‘career springboard’ for those learners seeking socio-economic advancement and/or personal development via the challenges of learning. This collection has sought to analyse the nature, purposes, and remits of HE, particularly in respect of its capacity to affect positively the future employability or ‘work-readiness’ of our graduates. It has tried to define employability not simply as the achievement of a useful state of industrial preparedness, or narrowly-drawn professionalism. Rather, it argues for a wider, more holistic concept of well-rounded, ‘graduate-ness,’ underpinned by such key ‘whole person’ learning (Hoover et al, 2010) factors as e.g. emotional maturity, self-efficacy, resilience, and ethical awareness.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: employability; higher education; sustainability
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Law
Publisher: Springer
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2019 08:07
Last Modified: 08 May 2024 09:30
DOI or ID number: 10.1007/978-3-030-26342-3
Editors: Diver, A
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10952
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