n South African Journal of Higher Education - The development of graduate attributes : the Book of the Year project

Volume 28, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



The notion of developing graduate attributes or generic skills through higher education (HE), in order to enhance the employability of graduates, has become a focus of much attention in academic circles in the past decade. With the development of the key graduate skill of critical thinking in mind, the Book of the Year project was introduced in 2012 at the Law Faculty at a South African university. A questionnaire to ascertain the profile of the students was administered at the beginning of the project and a followup survey to provide empirical data relating to the achievement of the objectives of the project was administered at the end of the first semester. An analysis of the data suggested that the project be continued. The authors conclude this article on the project with some recommendations for future innovations related to such a project.

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