Investigating the Purpose of Chemistry Education: An Academic Staff, Student, and Industry Perspective

Employers expect that university graduates not only demonstrate a mastery of discipline-specific skills and knowledge, but also other generic skills more commonly known as "soft" or "transferable" skills. Universities attempt to impart these skills through helping students achieve what are known as the "graduate attributes". It remains unclear however, where Australian chemistry graduates in particular lie on the skills spectrum. The aim of this project is to find out students', chemistry lecturers' and industry employers' perspectives of chemistry education. The results from this study will attempt to offer recommendations as to how any gaps in the different expectations can be bridged; to maximise the appropriateness of chemistry education in Australia.