Enhancing employability in the ‘ME generation’ Special issue call for papers from Education + Training
Deadline for submissions: Friday 22th January 2010
Dr Carl Senior & Dr Robert Cubbidge
School of Life & Health Sciences, Aston University, UK
The Guest Editors would like to invite submissions for a special issue of
Education + Training focused on “Enhancing employability in the ‘ME
It goes without saying that today’s undergraduate students have a completely
different mindset from their counterparts a decade ago. The shift in attitudes
towards study in our students has been given many names in the literature from
the advent of the information age mindset to the digital native vs. digital
immigrant divide which all tend to focus on the relationship that students have
with information technology. However the student experience is far more complex
than merely interacting with computers, the Internet etc. Contemporary
undergraduates process information in a unique fashion that also tends to be
mirrored in the way information is managed in the modern day world of work.
Higher education institutes have adapted to this and a variety of innovative
strategies have emerged to embrace the changing undergraduate mindset. However,
there has been little, if any, effort in understanding whether or not these
innovations actually lead to the development of a skill set that that can
actually be taken to employment after graduation.
The aim of this special issue is to address this central question. Namely do
the current practices in universities align themselves with the expectations of
the undergraduate cohort and do they, together, facilitate the development of a
skill set that will ultimately improve employability.
Contributions are encouraged from any field of applied research that involves
any topic of teaching strategy within the higher education sector. Topics could
include examination of the utility of work-based learning, PDPs and blended
learning strategies through to computational modelling of learning styles and
neurobiological studies. However, all contributions must bridge the link
between the expectations of the contemporary undergraduate populations and
All manuscripts should follow the usual guidelines of Education & Training
with submissions (in word format) emailed directly to either editor.
Submissions should not exceed 5000 words (inc references) and all contributors
should refer to the notes for authors on the Emerald web site for further
information regarding their submissions.
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