The issue of research graduate employability in Australia: an analysis of the policy framing (1999–2013)

Molla, Tebeje and Cuthbert, D 2015, The issue of research graduate employability in Australia: an analysis of the policy framing (1999–2013), Australian educational researcher, vol. 42, no. 2, Special issue: To be or what to be? The occupational hazards facing Gen Y and Gen Z, pp. 237-256, doi: 10.1007/s13384-015-0171-6.

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Title The issue of research graduate employability in Australia: an analysis of the policy framing (1999–2013)
Author(s) Molla, Tebeje
Cuthbert, D
Journal name Australian educational researcher
Volume number 42
Issue number 2
Season Special issue: To be or what to be? The occupational hazards facing Gen Y and Gen Z
Start page 237
End page 256
Total pages 20
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Publication date 2015-04
ISSN 0311-6999
2210-5328
Keyword(s) Australia
critical frame analysis
research graduate employability
knowledge economy
Summary The prevalent knowledge economy discourse has direct implications for higher education policies and practices. It is expected that the higher education sector supports national economic competitiveness mainly through promoting scientific research, supporting technological transfer and innovation, and producing ‘knowledge workers’ such as higher degree by research graduates. However in the context of changing work requirements and fast paced technological progress, the ‘skills gap’ between the labour market needs and the actual attributes of graduates has emerged as a tangible concern. This paper explores the issue of research graduate employability in Australia. Drawing on critical frame analysis, the paper particularly problematises the way research graduate employability has been framed in relevant policy texts, and shows what issues are excluded from the policy agenda and why. By way of demonstrating exclusions from the current debate on doctoral graduates’ skills and employability, we briefly report on new data on the level of industry-engagement of research students at one large Australian university to argue that assumptions about the need to ‘fix’ the skills deficit of graduates have excluded from view high levels of industry engagement.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s13384-015-0171-6
Field of Research 130108 Technical, Further and Workplace Education
13 Education
Socio Economic Objective 939903 Equity and Access to Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Australian Association for Research in Education
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