Graduate attributes of the 4-year Australian undergraduate psychology program

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Department of Psychology, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, 2052, Australiaj.cranney@unsw.edu.au

Abstract

This paper outlines the background, process and outcomes for a project that delineated a set of graduate attributes of the 4-year Australian undergraduate psychology program. The nature of the current undergraduate psychology program and its quality assurance system is described, followed by a consideration of current issues in psychology education and training. The processes involved in delineating the six graduate attributes (i.e., knowledge and understanding, research methods, critical thinking, values, communication, and application) are then described. Some issues and suggestions related to their implementation are then outlined. Finally, the authors summarise what has been accomplished in delineating the graduate attributes, and what still needs to be achieved.

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