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Graduate Experiences of Employability and Knowledge

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The UK-SA project was a longitudinal project that is following undergraduate students of Chemistry and undergraduate students of Chemical Engineering at six universities (two in South Africa, two in the UK and two in the USA). It focused on examining how STEM disciplines transform students’ sense of agency by engaging them with disciplinary knowledge. This went beyond examining the potential of STEM disciplines to benefit individuals and economic development, to consider how ‘graduateness’ is produced through students’ transformational relationships with knowledge.

The GEEK project will continue investigating the notion of graduatedness and the transformational potential of studying Science and Engineering by following the same students involved in UKSA after they graduate. We will examine how students’ engagement with their discipline affects their lives in terms of worldviews and agency, employability and career, and wider social and cultural embeddedness in society.
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