Addressing the Canadian Transferable Skills Gap Through Understanding University Curriculum

dc.contributor.advisorJacobs, Shoshanah
dc.contributor.authorMishra, Christine
dc.date.accessioned2022-09-02T20:18:13Z
dc.date.available2022-09-02T20:18:13Z
dc.date.copyright2022-09
dc.date.created2022-08-29
dc.degree.departmentDepartment of Integrative Biologyen_US
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Guelphen
dc.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
dc.degree.programmeIntegrative Biologyen_US
dc.description.abstractThere is a gap between the skills taught in Canada’s universities, and the transferable skills which are critical both for the labour market, and to help solve the world’s complex problems. To address this skills gap, university curriculum needs to change. I used an existing dataset (N=7,374) to determine which fields of study led to higher use of transferable skills on the job, and found that teacher training programs stood out, and that transferable skills are critical for supervisory roles. To understand how courses are designed, and where to focus efforts for change, I conducted a survey of 520 Canadian university instructors on the approaches used for course design and updating. I found that informal tools such as course outlines were used more often than curriculum documents, and that cultures of teaching excellence had an impact on how many and which types of tools instructors use to design their courses.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipSocial Sciences and Humanities Research Council
dc.description.sponsorshipFood from Thought
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10214/27163
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International*
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjecttransferable skillsen_US
dc.subjecthigher educationen_US
dc.subjectuniversityen_US
dc.subjectskill developmenten_US
dc.subjectcurriculumen_US
dc.titleAddressing the Canadian Transferable Skills Gap Through Understanding University Curriculumen_US
dc.typeThesisen

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