The Adaptable Graduate

Patrick ODonnell, Andrew Rae, Bassam Rahkshani, Robert Smith

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Chapter 2 (The Adaptable Graduate) sees the authors question the sort of transferable skills and attributes that are needed for adaptability. Drawing on a two-year-long case study in aeronautical engineering, the authors explore learning experiences that offer both ‘vertical progression’ (within discipline) and ‘horizontal progression’ (across disciplines) and argue that the coalescence of the two generates the Adaptable Graduate.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGraduate Attributes in Higher Education
Subtitle of host publicationAttitudes on Attributes from Across the Disciplines
EditorsCarey Normand , Lorraine Anderson
PublisherRoutledge Press, New York.
ISBN (Electronic)9781315559186
ISBN (Print)9781138678026, 9781138678019
Publication statusPublished - 17 Apr 2017


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    ODonnell, P., Rae, A., Rahkshani, B., & Smith, R. (2017). The Adaptable Graduate. In C. Normand , & L. Anderson (Eds.), Graduate Attributes in Higher Education: Attitudes on Attributes from Across the Disciplines (pp. 19-38). Routledge Press, New York..