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Critical Self-awareness and Personal Literacy

What is Critical Self-awareness and Personal Literacy?

Critical self-awareness and personal literacy is defined the Oxford Brookes Strategy for Enhancing the Student Experience as 'Understanding how one learns, the ability to assess the work of oneself and others, and to identify one’s strengths and weaknesses. The ability to organise oneself and perform as an autonomous, effective and independent learner. The ability to relate to other people and function collaboratively in diverse groups, including the development of appropriate interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence and adaptive expertise.' (SESE 2010, Section 4.1)

The description is currently generic and needs to be interpreted in relation your own disciplinary practices and assessment demands. During the graduate attributes mapping process undertaken in 2011/12, programme teams took the opportunity to articulate each of the graduate attributes within the context of their discipline. Go to “Graduate Attributes in the Disciplines".

Case Studies

As well as the case studies below, you can also browse examples tagged 'personal literacy' within the Brookes Teaching Practices website.

How can we create a guide which contains enjoyable exercises to engage students in developing critical self-awareness and personal literacy and would contribute towards their employability?

Graduate Attribute: Critical Self-awareness and Personal Literacy
Business School
Contact: Tatiana Bachkirova
Date Added: May, 2011

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How do you enable the development of the fundamental artistic skill of critical self-awareness and personal literacy?

Graduate Attribute: Critical Self-awareness and Personal Literacy
The School of Arts and Humanities
Contact: Alison Honour
Date Added: May, 2011

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How to develop the skills of critical self-awareness and personal literacy through active learning in Law

Graduate Attribute: Critical Self-awareness and Personal Literacy
Department: School of Law
Contact: Marc Howe
Date Added: May, 2011

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Resources for teaching Critical Self-awareness and Personal Literacy

Here are some suggested resources to use with students to develop their critical self-awareness and personal literacy. If you would like to suggest a resource, please login to the wiki and leave a comment on this page (or email Rhona Sharpe).

  • I'm OK, You're OK by Thomas Harris
  • Staying OK, by Amy Harris and Thomas Harris
  • Go suck a lemon: strategies for improving your emotional intelligence by Michael Cornwall
  • Learning Journals: A Handbook for Reflective Practice and Professional Development by Jennifer A. Moon
  • Practising Critical Reflection: A Handbook by Jan Fook and Fiona Gardner
  • Time Management by Kate Williams and Michelle Reid
  • Success in Groupwork by Peter Hartley and Mark Dawson

Background Reading

Rust, C. & Froud, L. (2011) ‘Personal literacy’: the vital, yet often overlooked, graduate attribute. Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability, Vol 2, No 1. Available from http://jtlge.curtin.edu.au/index.php/jtlge/article/view/29

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