A university curriculum of becoming: A 'fit-for-greater-purpose' education for the professions

Anthony McKenzie, Joy Higgs, Maree Simpson

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I decided to do a PhD in the mid-2000s after a career as school teacher then educational developer and course coordinator in the vocational and tertiary sectors in Australia. My involvement in university level education has been in programs that prepare students for the world of work, and this became the context for my research. I chose the topic - meaning making capability for twenty-first century university professional education - I wanted to address the broad question, how can university education equip students to survive and thrive in the twenty-first century? I liked the idea of 'meaning making' because it felt like a malleable concept that could be shaped as the project unfolded. I was committed to a philosophical hermeneutic approach because hermeneutics is the academic field interested in growth in understanding, which in large measure was the phenomenon I wanted to study: I was keen to align my researching practice as closely as possible to the phenomenon of inquiry, enacting a project of research as lived experience and lived experience as research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICERI2013 Proceedings
Subtitle of host publication6th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventInternational conference of Education, Research and Innovation - Seville, Spain, Spain
Duration: 18 Nov 201320 Nov 2013


ConferenceInternational conference of Education, Research and Innovation
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