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Graduates of Character - Values and Character: Higher Education and Graduate Employment

By James Arthur, Kenneth Wilson, Ray Godfrey, Ben Gray and Nigel Newton

Abstract

Graduates of Character is the product of an empirical enquiry into the values, virtues, dispositions and attitudes of a sample of students and employees who volunteered to be involved. The research team sought host sites which would offer a diverse set of interviewees in gender, ethnicity, religion and aspiration. In this study we discuss what character is taken to mean by students and employees in their years of higher education and employment. We examine what their values are, what they gain from the university, what they believe employers look for when recruiting, what they hope to give to an employer, and what they expect from their employer. We then explore who or what influenced their values and moral development. We also examined the role of the personal tutor or mentor, and the persons or services to which they might go for personal and/or professional support

Topics: L Education (General)
Publisher: University of Birmingham
Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.bham.ac.uk:369

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