Universities, employability and human development

OUTPUT TYPE: Monograph (Book)
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2017
TITLE AUTHOR(S): M.Walker, S.Fongwa
KEYWORDS: EMPLOYABILITY, UNIVERSITIES
DEPARTMENT: Inclusive Economic Development (IED)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 10189
HANDLE: 20.500.11910/11685
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/11685

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Abstract

The book makes a significant contribution to critical higher education studies, specifically to graduate employability research and to capabilities and education research. The book moves beyond the simplistic conception of alleged 'gaps' in graduate skills and 'mismatches' between employers and universities, and instead provides an innovative multi-dimensional and intersectional human capabilities conceptualisation of graduate employability. The book challenges an individualised notion of employability, instead locating employability issues in social and economic conditions, and argues that employability choices cannot be divorced from inequality. Qualitative and quantitative data from multiple case-study universities in South Africa are used to explore the perceptions and experiences of diverse students, lecturers, support officers and employers, regarding what each university is doing, or should be doing, to enhance graduate economic opportunities and contribute to inclusive development. The book will be highly relevant to students, scholars and researchers in the fields of education and sociology, particularly those with an interest in graduate employability.