EmployABILITY Thinking research portfolio

The EmployABILITY Thinking Initiative is led from Curtin University by Professor Dawn Bennett. Over 40 institutions globally are involved in the creation and analysis of what promises to be the most comprehensive, longitudinal, primary dataset of students’ developmental thinking in the world. The Initiative’s program of research is summarised here.

For more information on the initiative and how it works within the curriculum, please visit the about page

EmployABILITY thinking takes a social cognitive approach to learners’ development. The Initiative defines employability as “the ability to find, create and sustain meaningful work across the career lifespan and in multiple settings”.

EmployABILITY thinking is a strength-based, metacognitive approach to employability development delivered within the existing curriculum without the need for additional time, expertise or resources.The approach prompts students to understand why they think the way they think, how to critique and learn the unfamiliar, and how their values, beliefs and assumptions can inform and be informed by their learning, lives and careers.

The primary data collection strategy comprises a formative, online self-assessment tool which encompassesthe measure.Studentsusethetooltocreatea 29-page personalised profile reportand access a wealth of developmental resources. Students choose whether or not to include their anonymised responses in the research dataset, which in some settings is linked with institutional and national data.

Supplementary data are amassed through focus groups and secondary datasets, industry surveys, and a series of related grants.

For more information, visit the websites, the virtual research lab or the LinkedIn community, or email us at contact@developingemployability.edu.au

Multiple research streams are enabled through the combined expertise and energy of educators, careers practitioners, learning designers, scholars and students-as-partners. Click on the streams below for more information

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