Graduate qualities

In addition to the professional standards for teachers and social workers, the University's Graduate Qualities are central to the design, delivery and assessment of student learning in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work.

Students are encouraged to develop these qualities over the course of their degrees which often work in tandem with their required professional standards. Below are the University Graduate Qualities with some contextualisation for Education and Social Work.

The desired outcomes of every unit of study (UoS) offered in all the school's programs – education as well as social work – must be linked to the graduate qualities. SUMO facilitates the cross-referencing of graduate qualities to UoS outcomes by offering a tick-box system for staff under the ‘Attributes’ section of the site. The box should be ticked to acknowledge the UoS complies with requirements.

Graduate qualities Purpose Education and Social Work Context

Depth of disciplinary expertise.

To excel at applying and continuing to develop disciplinary expertise.

Graduates of the Sydney School of Education and Social Work will be able to excel at applying and developing their disciplinary knowledge and practice.

Excel at applying disciplinary expertise

  • Have deep knowledge of concepts central to their discipline and be able to apply these in their practice.
  • Access a range of discipline-based information and make critical judgements about its quality.
  • Creatively implement disciplinary principles and skills to maximise outcomes in practice.

Excel at continuing to develop disciplinary expertise

  • Ability to engage with new discipline knowledge and research to lead innovation in practice.
  • Ability to actively engage in continuing professional development and inquiry.

Broader skills:

  • critical thinking and problem solving
  • communication (oral and written)
  • information/digital literacy
  • inventiveness.

To increase the impact of expertise, and to learn and respond effectively and creatively to novel problems.

BROAD SKILLS:

Critical thinking and problem solving
Graduates of the Sydney School of Education and Social Work will be able to apply critical thinking and problem solving to both theory and practice.

  • analyse and evaluate/question – evidence, arguments and reasoning
  • reflect on own/other’s actions, values and beliefs
  • build arguments and articulate a position
  • respond effectively and creatively to problems.

Communication (oral and written)
Graduates of the Sydney School of Education and Social Work will be able to communicate appropriately and effectively in a range of academic and professional settings.

  • communicate with confidence using oral/written/digital media
  • communicate effectively and appropriately in both one-on-one and group interactions
  • be an engaged and reflective listener
  • collaborate and function as an effective team member.

Information literacy
Graduates of the Sydney School of Education and Social Work will be able to evaluate and use information effectively in both academic and professional settings.

  • recognise and determine information needs
  • access appropriate information using well-designed search strategies
  • critically evaluate and analyse the reliability and authority of information
  • use information ethically, including acknowledging sources and following citation conventions, as well as managing confidential information.

Digital literacy
Graduates of the Sydney School of Education and Social Work will be able to develop digital literacy for lifelong learning.

  • have functional technology skills to write, publish, interact and collaborate with others I diverse digital formats
  • awareness of evolving applications of digital technologies for professional practice
  • critically evaluate and, where appropriate, apply relevant evolving digital technologies.

Inventiveness
Graduates of the Sydney School of Education and Social Work will be able to demonstrate inventiveness in the development and application of ideas and practices.

  • use imaginative thought to produce creative output
  • show willingness to put innovative ideas into practice.

Cultural competence

To work productively, collaboratively and openly in diverse groups and across cultural boundaries.

Cultural competency is a continuous and lifelong journey to enhance people’s skills in being proficient in intercultural and intracultural knowledges, to improve understandings of diversity that assist all people’s abilities to work together in a variety of cultural contexts.

The Sydney School of Education and Social Work aims to produce graduates who work productively, collaboratively, and openly in diverse groups and across cultural boundaries. This will be achieved through embedded culturally competent curriculum and activities that foster and assess practical development at all levels.

Graduates of the Sydney School of Education and Social Work will become:

  • aware of cultural competency skills
  • conscious of diverse cross-cultural communication and interactions
  • able to engage with diverse communities by exercising the ability to adapt service delivery to best suit diverse cultural, social, ethnic and religious needs.

Interdisciplinary effectiveness

To work effectively in interdisciplinary (including interprofessional) settings and to build broader perspective, innovative vision, and more contextualised and systemic forms of understanding.

Graduates of the Sydney School of Education and Social Work will be able to work effectively in interdisciplinary (including interprofessional) settings and will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of the interdisciplinary backgrounds and influences of their professions
  • demonstrate knowledge of the disciplinary content and distinct features of their discipline and profession
  • demonstrate knowledge of the disciplinary content and distinct features of related disciplines and professions
  • be able to recognise and respond to the contextualised elements of interdisciplinarity in their professional practice
  • demonstrate the skills necessary for interdisciplinary effectiveness in practice, including communication, collaboration and reflection skills.

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity

To build integrity, confidence and personal resilience, and the capacities to manage challenges and uncertainty

Graduates of the Sydney School of Education and Social Work will be able to:

  • reflect ethical responsibilities through committing to core values of professional integrity; principles of social justice; and respect for children, families and communities
  • demonstrate a commitment to their role of teacher or social worker as a responsible and ethical practitioner
  • demonstrate knowledge of the professional standards required of teachers or social workers (whichever is personally relevant)
  • manage challenges and uncertainty with confidence and resilience in professional experience or fieldwork (whichever is personally relevant)
  • work professionally with others in complex and dynamic environments.

Influence

To be effective in exercising professional and social responsibility and making a positive contribution to society.

Graduates of the Sydney School of Education and Social Work will be effective in exercising professional and social responsibility and making a positive contribution to society and will be able to:

  • enhance public perception in understanding the value of education, social work and policy studies through involvement in community activities, public discourse and research
  • acknowledge responsibility for professional and social values and their effect upon professional practice
  • demonstrate a commitment to the role of teacher/social worker as a responsible and ethical practitioner
  • contribute positively to professional placements and community activities of all types, ranging from invited visits to extended internships
  • actively support social responsibility in education and social work contexts, shaped by contextual and cultural considerations

For further information on Graduate Qualities visit the Educational Innovation’s Sydney Graduate page.
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