Integrating graduate attributes into a Master of Divinity programme at a South African university
CITATION: Nell, I. A. & Bosman, J. P. 2017. Integrating graduate attributes into a Master of Divinity programme at a South African university. South African Journal of Higher Education, 31(1):75‒190, doi:10.20853/31-1-868.
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Stellenbosch University promotes generic graduate attributes (GAs) as an integral part of its teaching and learning strategy en route to curriculum renewal. The Faculty of Theology targeted the Master of Divinity programme to become the pilot project for implementing GAs as part of a process of programme renewal and held a number of workshops for implementation. The conceptual framework for the research drew on, Cultural Historical Activity Theory. The main research question was: What are the conceptions of lecturers concerning the integration of graduate attributes into a Master of Divinity programme after participation in a process of curriculum renewal? The study entailed semi-structured interviews and the data of the 16 interviews were analysed through qualitative analysis. The curriculum renewal strategy contributed positively to the lecturers’ conceptions of the integration of GAs into the Master of Divinity programme. The gendered and diverse cultural-historical context of the participants (and the students) strongly informed the conceptions of the lecturers. These findings are important for curriculum renewal in the light of cultivating critical and responsible citizenship.