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  1. Tim Cooper
    Tim Cooper 27th Jul, 2012 at 9:21 am | | Reply

    This is an excellent point, and, of course, illustrates some of the contradictions that the concept of employability exemplifies. If we focus only on the core idea of the object of getting a good job as the heart of the objective of undergraduate learning then maximising the value of a degree is the logical result of this. Ironically, students acting as value maximisers end up negating risk, innovation and the fullness of learning, but do so within the very logic of prioritising employment as an objective. Perhaps we need to think radically differently. If we conside university education asprimarily about developing a fully rounded individual with a multitude of capacities, then we can move towards a valuation of difersity of assessment as a good in itself. I am sure it must be a huge benefit to be able to demonstrate to a potential employer how one has practically used a technlogy such as wikis in one’s learning, but it is also a enormous benefit to oneself to be ably to deploy such skills in social life and leisure more generally, in civic and political organisation for example, in volunatary activity of all types, or simply for the sake of producing something that satifies the soul. These realms of social productivity are not seperate and it is entirely artificial and counterproductive to suggest they are. It suggests the need to move beoyan a language of employability towards a language of fullest development of human capacities as the central mission of university education.

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