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Employability via Higher Education: Sustainability as Scholarship

Editors: Diver, Alice (Ed.)

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  • Draws from a wide variety of disciplines, with a broad geographical reach
  • Contains a number of substantial literature reviews on employability
  • Offers theoretical discourses on the changing nature, purpose and remit of HE
  • Provides practical, evidence-based examples for learning and teaching innovations
  • Includes analyses of how austerity, political upheaval, and ‘sustainability’ relate to HE
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About this book

This book discusses the topic of graduate employability from the premise that in this era of ‘massification,’ economic austerity, and political uncertainties, higher education (HE) no longer guarantees a clear ‘work place advantage.’ Divided into three sections, the book offers theoretical and philosophical discourses on the ‘HE quandary,’ whilst taking into account – and critiquing - political, temporal, and national contexts. It culminates in an investigation into specific discipline areas. It offers insights into the way that institutions, decision-makers, academics, and professional support staff can work together towards ensuring that our graduates are able to cope with the varied demands and challenges of modern job markets. It harnesses arguments and reflections on the breadth and depth of the functions of HE, such as social transformation, promoting principles of social justice, and providing opportunities. It grounds these in a triadic model for enhancing student engagement and holistic learning, namely, the emotional, cognitive, and behavioural aspects. As an anthology, it is forward-gazing in terms of the sustainability debate, whilst still offering evidence-based, research-grounded, practical suggestions to readers looking for tips and tools of the trade.


About the authors

Dr Alice Diver is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Liverpool John Moores University, who has worked in HE since 1993. She researches and publishes in the areas of adoption law, human rights, property law, and law in literature. A graduate of Queen’s University Belfast (1988), she previously worked as a Solicitor in private practice in Northern Ireland (1991-1995). Her teaching and research supervision areas include property law, family law, indigenous rights, and human rights law. She is the author of a 2013 monograph entitled 'A Law of Blood-ties: The 'Right' to Access Genetic Ancestry' (Springer) which is based upon her PhD (Ulster University, 2012), and co-editor of a collection of essays on the 'Justiciability of Human Rights Law in Domestic Jurisdictions’ (Springer, 2015). She has been a trustee for Kinship Care NI since 2014 and a board member of Apex Housing NI since 2013. 

 

Reviews

“Although the pitch of this book is ‘employability’ I think it goes wider than this. The notion of the whole person model of learning and the link to identity and changing identities throughout the student journey is of interest to curriculum designers, central student support departments and students' unions. I think the book challenges the reader to re-question the purpose of HE and to see employability or work-readiness as an integral part of the HE experience rather than an outcome that is hoped to be achieved.” (Dr Roisín Curran, Lecturer in Higher Education Practice in CHERP at Ulster, Londonderry, Ireland)

“The authorship of this collection is of excellent quality, and the compositional nature of the chapter texts make use of wide-ranging and creative language expression. The text is engaging and easily readable. ... Whilst graduate employability in itself is not a new phenomenon in the social sciences literature, the particular ways in which this collection approaches the issues provide a fresh take on the now well-known neo-liberal critique in the field of higher education. … The chapters offer an ample approach on current issues affecting university education, which can be applied across disciplinary fields. The three sections are particularly pedagogically assembled in building up reader engagement with the content, from definitions to particular practical cases and finally their implications. The collection harnesses the breadth and depth of the functions of higher education for employment from innovation and technology to social transformation.” (Dr Meeri Hellstén, Department of Education, Stockholm University, Sweden)

Table of contents (35 chapters)

Table of contents (35 chapters)

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eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-26342-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $149.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-26341-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Employability via Higher Education: Sustainability as Scholarship
Editors
  • Alice Diver
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-26342-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-26342-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-26341-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 564
Number of Illustrations
20 b/w illustrations, 19 illustrations in colour
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