A toolkit to implement graduate attributes in geography curricula

R. Spronken-Smith, A. McLean, N. Smith, C. Bond, Martin Jenkins, S. Marshall, S. Frielick

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    13 Citations (Scopus)
    274 Downloads (Pure)


    This article uses findings from a project on engagement with graduate outcomes across higher education institutions in New Zealand to produce a toolkit for implementing graduate attributes in geography curricula. Key facets include strong leadership; academic developers to facilitate conversations about graduate attributes and teaching towards them; ownership of the process by the teachers; the development of a contextualized set of graduate attributes for the geography degree; curriculum mapping to promote alignment between graduate attributes, learning outcomes and assessment tasks; incorporating high-impact educational experiences and signature pedagogies to foster graduate attributes; the use of evaluative data to inform continual enhancements; and allowing at least five years for curriculum renewal to occur.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)254-266
    Number of pages13
    JournalJournal of Geography in Higher Education
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 7 Mar 2016


    • Graduate outcomes
    • graduate attributes
    • toolkit
    • practical
    • curriculum change

    Cite this