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Carolin Kreber, Charles Anderson, Noel Entwhistle, and Jan McArthur

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748694549

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748694549.001.0001

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Flourishing amid Strangeness and Uncertainty: Exploring the Meaning of ‘Graduateness’ and its Challenges for Assessment1

Flourishing amid Strangeness and Uncertainty: Exploring the Meaning of ‘Graduateness’ and its Challenges for Assessment1

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Carolin Kreber

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748694549.003.0003

Carolin Kreber undertakes a philosophical inquiry into the purposes of higher education at the present time, and derives several implications for assessment. She takes as a starting point that the future is uncertain, and thus concludes that a main task of higher education is to prepare students to cope with this uncertainty. This could be done by putting a stronger focus on graduate attributes, which refer to the key skills, abilities and dispositions that students are expected to attain. Present ideas on the educational purposes of universities, and by implication the notion of ‘graduateness’, she proposes, are usefully understood through the philosophical concept of ‘authenticity’. Assessment tasks that prepare students for an uncertain and complex world are those that promote the students’ authenticity by fostering students’ openness to experience, as well as their moral awareness and social engagement.

Keywords:   Graduateness, Educational purposes, Authenticity

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