This book addresses a definite gap in the higher education and talent development literature and praxis (theory and practice), especially in the African context. Written for the subject specialist (academics, educators, talent developers, course designers), the book offers a compendium (or rather “tapestry”) of diverse views, philosophies, and creative and innovative approaches to learning, teaching and assessment design that cultivate student graduateness and employability in the higher education context. This work will serve as a valuable handbook of guidelines for academics and talent developers on how to embed the concepts of graduateness and employability in teaching, training, learning, and assessment design.

The reader can look forward to learning more about the following themes:

  • Deconstructing graduateness: A focused review of the literature
  • Graduateness as a contested idea: Navigating expectations between higher education, employers and graduates
  • Graduateness as contested space: challenges, opportunities and imperatives
  • Managers’ expectations of employees in the 21st century
  • Sustainability education and graduateness: A way of life?
  • A framework for developing student graduateness and employability in the economic and management sciences
  • Graduateness in the design of a curriculum in an ODL environment
  • Reflections on developing distinctive graduate attributes
  • Cultivating mindful and soulful graduates
  • Graduateness, self-directedness and employability
  • Fostering graduateness by adapting teaching strategies to match learning styles
  • The use of story to enhance graduateness
  • Creativity in economics teaching
  • Setting the employability skills agenda for accounting graduates in an ODL environment
  • Graduateness enhanced through the use of e-portfolios
  • Developing student research skills in an open distance learning context
  • The health and well-being of young graduates when they enter the workplace
  • The part work integrated learning plays towards graduateness
  • Vocational training’s role in employability
  • Assessment that enhances graduateness and employability skills
  • The contribution of learner support to improving graduateness
  • Quality assurance to ensure the quality of graduate learning outcomes in an ODL environment

The book is intended to serve as a collection of debates and perspectives on student graduateness and employability from a higher education point of view, and elaborates on and gives practical guidelines for developing student graduateness and employability from the standpoint of various universities (nationally and internationally). Employer requirements and new technologies and approaches to developing student graduateness and employability in the context of the knowledge economy are also discussed and critically reviewed.