Employability in the Bologna Process: An Area of Tension between Society, Businesses and Students

By Claudia Wiepcke.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The concept of employability plays an increasingly important role in the political discussion, especially in the educational context of the Bologna Process. The emergence of this topic has to be considered against the background of different developments: Restructuring of labour markets and classes of business, changed economic requirements, internationalisation, europeanisation of educational policy etc. Thus, the discourse about employability is an expression of ongoing changes, which do not only affect the state and businesses, but also individuals. This article considers the question, which requirements result from the focussing of courses of studies on the employability of their graduates for universities. It will be inquired, how not only the state and businesses, but also individuals are affected by the employability strategy.

Keywords: Employability, Bologna Process, Economic Education, Extracurricular Studies, Curriculum, Pedagogy

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp.435-446. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.327MB).

Prof. Dr. Claudia Wiepcke

Deputy Professor, Department of Economic Education, University of Education Sw. Gmuend, Sw. Gmuend, BW, Germany

Dr. Claudia Wiepcke is deputy professor and head of department in economic education at University of Education Sw. Gmuend, Germany. Her dissertation thesis was about ICT’s and their evaluation in further education with focus on gender mainstreaming. For the last five years she has taught in the business teacher education program. Her lectures address case writing, cultural diversity and business German as a foreign language. In recent empirical studies Claudia investigates thoroughly diagnostics and development of business competences with emphasis on employability.

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