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Embedding employability in the curriculum: A comparative study of employer engagement models adopted by design programmes in China and UK

Sun, Q 2011, 'Embedding employability in the curriculum: A comparative study of employer engagement models adopted by design programmes in China and UK ' , Journal of Chinese Entrepreneurship, 3 (1) , pp. 36-48.

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    Abstract

    Purpose The paper draws on the experience of students, employers, and tutors in the two product design degree programmes respectively delivered at the University of Salford in the UK and at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, to examine the differences in employer engagement embedded within the curriculum. Design/methodology/approach Two in-depth case studies supported by interviews have been conducted, which are represented as two distinctive employer engagement models. These two models are compared in terms of context, employer perception, curriculum development, and challenges for sustainability. Findings This study generates an understanding of the differences and suggests a collaborative framework between these two programmes, which draws the advantages of both sides together. The findings also shed light on the development of curriculum to engage employers, recognise a move away from ‘teaching’ towards ‘managing learning opportunities’ and the complexities of employer engagement, and explore how this may be embedded. Originality/value To address employability agenda, one of the main problems faced by HEIs is the content of curriculum and its relevance to the employment market. Engaging employers in the curriculum becomes key in addressing this issue, and this is especially typical for the design industry, given its unique characteristics. However, little has been researched as to how universities across different cultures achieve employer engagement. Understanding of the differences helps universities from different regions to seek potential sustainability solutions that may be bred on the basis of collaboration.

    Item Type: Article
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > L Education > L Education (General)
    Subjects / Themes > N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
    Subjects outside of the University Themes
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Arts & Media > Centre for Media, Art & Design Research and Engagement (MADRE)
    Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Arts & Media
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Chinese Entrepreneurship
    Publisher: Emerald
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 1756-1396
    Depositing User: Dr Qian Sun
    Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2011 10:57
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:46
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/12914

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