Integrated Career Development Learning and ePortfolios: Improving Student Self-efficacy in Employability Skills in an Undergraduate Science Course

By Jia Lin Yang, Kathryn Coleman, Mita Das and Nicholas Hawkins.

Published by The International Journal of Adult, Community and Professional Learning

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Student employability is not solely determined by obtaining an academic qualification. Other qualities are also important, including generic graduate attributes and the ability to properly package and present their credentials and capabilities. This paper evaluates the use of an ePortfolio in a senior undergraduate cancer science course to specifically improve student self-efficacy in career decision-making. The course piloted the use of an ePortfolio as a pedagogical tool for integrated career development learning (CDL) and reflection. A Career Decision-Making Self-Efficacy Scale was used to evaluate the CDL. All thirty-two enrolled students in the course participated in the study. After the CDL interventions, students were significantly more confident in four of the five aspects of self-efficacy: self-appraisal, occupational information, planning, and problem solving (p<0.016). Embedding CDL in an ePortfolio is an innovative use of emerging learning technologies. The results of this pilot study support the extension of this approach to other senior undergraduate courses.

Keywords: Career Development Learning, ePortfolio, Reflection, Science Education, Self-efficacy, Employability, Higher Education

The International Journal of Adult, Community and Professional Learning, Volume 22, Issue 1, March 2015, pp.1-17. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: January 5, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 972.452KB)).

Prof. Jia Lin Yang

Associate Professor, School of Biomedical Sciences and the Prince of Wales Hospital, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Dr Kathryn Coleman

PhD Candidate, School of Education, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Mita Das

Careers Consultant, University of New South Wales Careers and Employment, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Dr. Nicholas Hawkins

Professor, School of Medical Sciences, UNSW, Sydney, NSW, Australia