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Vijay Kumar Elke Stracke University of Otago University of Canberra New Zealand Australia REALISING GRADUATE ATTRIBUTES THROUGH PEER SUPPORT GROUPS.

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1 Vijay Kumar Elke Stracke University of Otago University of Canberra New Zealand Australia REALISING GRADUATE ATTRIBUTES THROUGH PEER SUPPORT GROUPS

2 GRADUATE ATTRIBUTES Non- generic Reflective of disciplinary culture Non-transferable across disciplines (Jones, 2013) Debatable outcomes Conceptualisation and articulation Place in the curriculum has been debated (Barrie, 2012, Manathunga et.al., 2007) Top-down approach Promoted through policy enacted through pedagogy Academics not trained- willingness? (Barrie, 2006, De la Harpe & David, 2012). How GA’s are understood and learnt by students P S G s small group that meets to discuss research projects without their supervisors (Fisher, 2006) “desired partner-like relationship” in a peer group that includes supervisee(s) and supervisor(s) (Stracke, 2010, p. 2) GRADUATE ATTRIBUTES - PEER SUPPORT GROUPS

3 Research Trial runs, milestones, sharing research Research process Academic writing, methodology, data collection, publishing, PhD journey Career Skills for life after PhD Reviewing articles, grant applications, teaching Practical matters Time management, networking, software training Social activities GENESIS AND ACTIVITIES

4 Exploratory opinion survey To find out how past and current PSG members reflected on their peer learning experiences in relation to the development of graduate attributes. [ Written responses to select 5 attributes ] THE STUDY

5 Members valued oral presentation opportunities Performance feedback: improvement and alternative options Team bonds: negotiation and diplomacy Development of higher learning abilities: reasoning, reflection critical thinking, justifying choices “ I understood that my peers were more read than I was as they had a lot of information regarding the topic we were discussing. It was during this time that I learnt how to communicate... and gained more knowledge of any topic.” (M8) [ GA: organizational and leadership in communication ] COMMUNICATION

6 Challenged perceptions and critical scrutiny Provided justifications for choices “participants will be forced to provide justifications … inspire new ideas” Reasoned argument within an experiential social dimension. [ GA: well-informed decision (NZ), critical reflection (Aust) justify decisions innovatively (Msia) ] CRITICAL THINKING

7 maintain momentum keep track of progress by showing interest “it was inspiring to see the progress of other members” shared struggles work independently [ GA: Motivated capacity for self-directed learning ] SELF-MOTIVATION

8 Unaware of the extent of organizational skills “I believe all of us in the peer group started our work messier than expected” sharing of best practices of research skills crucial organization skills [ GA : Develop advanced strategies to lead the planning, management and implementation of a project ] RESEARCH ORGANIZATION AND TEAMWORK

9 knowledge is contestable Push to be an independent researcher In line with real life demands/attributes [ To ensure graduates start their careers with expertise that will allow them to advance effectively ] DISCUSSION

10 Formal and informal interactions are crucial to foster the ATTRIBUTES. D I S C U S S I O N Positive partner-like relationship PSG brought out the ‘human-ness’ Get to know us outside the formal supervision spectra

11 A strong(er) understanding research is not done in isolation, importance of peers in learning, necessity of being involved with our community of practice the empowerment of students with the goal of learner autonomy, leading to life-long learning OUR REFLECTION

12 PhD develops content specific knowledge Graduate attributes have to be acquired BEYOND actual research context.. TAKE HOME MESSAGE PSGs provide Complementary learner centered opportunities

13 Elke Stracke Vijay Kumar CONTACT DETAILS


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