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Inspiring Student Learning using Employability

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Inspiring Student Learning using Employability

May 2016

Anyone who has instructed both mature age students and recent high school graduates can attest to the significant difference in their learning styles, McKenzie and Gow, (2004), (Martin, Wilson, Liem and Ginns (2013). Mature age students are often more motivated, more organized and focused, and achieve better learning outcomes. Recent high school graduates often see university as an extension of high school where the aim is to pass exams (often only just pass) and to obtain a piece of paper (a degree). This poor motivation leads to surface learning and poor skills which makes students unappealing to employers. Employability can be used to provide students with specific goals and a motivation to learn which benefits both the student and the university.