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Universities, Employability and Human Development

  • Melanie Walker
  • Samuel Fongwa

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Melanie Walker, Samuel Fongwa
    Pages 1-28
  3. Melanie Walker, Samuel Fongwa
    Pages 29-51
  4. Melanie Walker, Samuel Fongwa
    Pages 53-78
  5. Melanie Walker, Samuel Fongwa
    Pages 79-108
  6. Melanie Walker, Samuel Fongwa
    Pages 109-132
  7. Melanie Walker, Samuel Fongwa
    Pages 133-157
  8. Melanie Walker, Samuel Fongwa
    Pages 159-180
  9. Melanie Walker, Samuel Fongwa
    Pages 181-213
  10. Melanie Walker, Samuel Fongwa
    Pages 215-227
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 229-248

About this book

Introduction

The book makes a significant contribution to critical higher education studies, specifically to graduate employability research and to capabilities and education research. The book moves beyond the simplistic conception of alleged 'gaps' in graduate skills and 'mismatches' between employers and universities, and instead provides an innovative multi-dimensional and intersectional human capabilities conceptualisation of graduate employability. The book challenges an individualised notion of employability, instead locating employability issues in social and economic conditions, and argues that employability choices cannot be divorced from inequality. Qualitative and quantitative data from multiple case-study universities in South Africa are used to explore the perceptions and experiences of diverse students, lecturers, support officers and employers, regarding what each university is doing, or should be doing, to enhance graduate economic opportunities and contribute to inclusive development. The book will be highly relevant to students, scholars and researchers in the fields of education and sociology, particularly those with an interest in graduate employability.

Keywords

south africa university employers employment education

Authors and affiliations

  • Melanie Walker
    • 1
  • Samuel Fongwa
    • 2
  1. 1.University of the Free State BloemfonteinSouth Africa
  2. 2.University of the Free State BloemfonteinSouth Africa

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-58452-6
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-58451-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-58452-6
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