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Abilities Based Curriculum. The Home Page at Oxford Brookes University provides access to work at a group of UK universities.

Assiter, A. (Ed). 1995. Transferable Skills in Higher Education. Kogan Page, London.

Reviews experiences at the University of North London. Good chapters on profiling and transferable skills in Business, Social Sciences, Modern Languages and Chemistry. Other chapters cover curriculum development for transferable skills in History, Interior Design, English and Languages.

Bradshaw, D. 1992. Classifications and Models of Transferable Skills. In Eggins, H. (Ed). Arts Graduates, their Skills and their Employment: Perspectives for Change. Falmer Press, London.

Dearing, R. 1997. Report of the National Committee of Inquiry into Higher Education.

Recommendations 11, 18, 20 and 21 are of significance to the development of Generic Skills within the curriculum.

Gibbs, G., Jaques, D., Rust, C. 1994. Developing Students Transferable Skills. Oxford Centre for Staff Development, Oxford.

Higher Education Council (Australia). 1992, Achieving Quality. Australian Government Publication Services.

Included in this publication are lists of 'Generic Skills, Attributes and Values' and 'Professional/Technical or Other Job-related Skills' that graduates might demonstrate, as well as a definition of what constitutes a body of knowledge in an area.

Jenkins, A. & Walker, L. (Eds). 1995. Developing Skill-Based Curricula Through Modular Courses. Kogan Page, London.

Rosenman, L. 1996. The Broadening of University Education: An Analysis of Entry Restructuring and Curriculum Change Options. Department of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Canberra.

This report identifies a range of core skills and makes recommendations for bringing about curriculum change.

Royal Society Study Group. 1993. Higher Education Futures. Royal Society, London.

Squires, G. 1990. First Degree: the Undergraduate Curriculum. Open University Press, Buckingham.

Includes a discussion on generic skills in undergraduate curricula.

Swinburne University of Technology. A Generic Skills Project home page in the Psychology Department.

The Association of Graduate Recruiters. 1995. Skills for Graduates of the 21st Century. A study led by Dr Peter Hawkins and written with Jonathan Winter, Whiteway Research, Cambridge, UK: The Association of Graduate Recruiters [Trotman, Australia], 49 pp., ISBN 0 9520999 1 8, $60.00

This report examines the qualities needed by UK university graduates. It includes a discussion of the challenges faced by higher education in providing graduates with the required skills.

The University of Alberta. 1997. SUCCESS by Degrees

A task force report from the University's Senate.

The University of Newcastle. 1998. Core Skills and Graduate Outcomes: Enhanced Adaptability, Flexibility and Employability?

A web site with many usefull links.

The University of South Australia. 1997. Guide to Writing Course and Subject Documents

A useful document to help academic staff develop specific qualities in their students over their time of study.

The University of Sydney. 1996. Generic Attributes of Graduates

A report from the University's Teaching and Learning Committee.

The University of Western Australia. 1996a. Guidelines on Learning Skills.

The University of Western Australia. 1996b. Generic Skills Survey - Summary Report.

The Table of Contents provides a link to allow the downloading of the report.

West,R. 1998. Learning for Life.

The Final Report of The Review Committee on Higher Education Financing and Policy.

Whitston,K. 1998. Key Skills and Curriculum Reform. Studies in Higher Education 23:307-319.

A good overview arguing that more fundamental curriculum reform might be more appropriate than the simple addition of key skills to existing curricula. The review of educational process as well as educational outcomes are seen as being of comparable importance.

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