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Employability: a core role of higher education?

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>31/10/2023
<mark>Journal</mark>Research in Post-Compulsory Education
Issue number4
Number of pages21
Pages (from-to)551-571
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date11/10/23
<mark>Original language</mark>English


The topic of employability has been much discussed in higher education policy and research contexts in recent years, as higher education has been re-positioned as a means to an end rather than an end in itself. This article aims to review and synthesise the various arguments that have been made in favour of, or against, the adoption of employability as a core purpose or value of higher education. The article makes use of the techniques of systematic review. It discusses the origins and meaning of the term employability, its application and practice, and the issues and critiques that it has raised.