Teaching transferable skills

Jasmina Lazendic-Galloway

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Besides teaching students discipline-based content and skills, we also aim to provide them with transferable or employability skills, such as critical thinking, problem-solving, communication skills and team work. However, in traditional lecture-based course delivery, the lecturer bears responsibility for the learning process, while students receive skills and knowledge passively (Albert 2009). With active learning approaches, the lecturer takes a role of a guide who facilitates students’ learning and skill acquisition through frequent feedback. Such teaching practices are shown to improve students’ learning gains, but there is not much done on evaluating learning and development of transferable skills. Furthermore, lecturers often do not explicitly state to students where (and how) those skills are taught. Research also indicates students have difficulties identifying in full the transferable skills they are being thought (Burke et al 2005). More importantly, students will not see them as an important part of their learning if they are not included in their assessment in some way. Therefore, an alignment between these transferable skills and the assessment is needed if we want our students to be self-aware of the skills we claim to be equipping them with. I will discuss ways of modifying unit assessment to make these skills more explicit and possibly measurable.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventAustralian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education 2016: The 21st Century Science and Maths Graduate - University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 28 Sep 201630 Sep 2016
Conference number: 22nd


ConferenceAustralian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education 2016
Abbreviated titleACSME 2016
OtherThe Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (The 22nd UniServe Science Conference) is an opportunity for tertiary science and mathematics educators to share ideas and keep up to date. Science and mathematics for this conference encompasses biological sciences, chemistry, geosciences, health sciences, information technology, learning and cognitive sciences,mathematics and statistics, molecular and microbial sciences, physics and psychology as well as the various fields of the applied sciences.
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  • transferable skills
  • learning transfer
  • skills evaluation
  • active learning

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