ERIC Number: ED165300
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
The Case for Competency-Based Education. Fastback 118.
Activity and interest in competency-based education are growing. As of March 1978, some type of competency-based education requirement had been instituted in 34 states. Many recent changes in American society are affecting competency-based education. For example, today's learners are likely to be lifelong learners, but their learning may be intermittent. Jobs are changing from low-skill manual labor jobs to high-skill technical positions. Needs and roles of the citizen, the consumer, and the family member are changing. Traditional high school graduation requirements are becoming obsolete. The five major characteristics of competency-based education are that it is a learner-centered philosophy, it is a policy demand, it is real-life oriented, it is flexible, and its standards are clearly articulated. Contrary to the opinion of critics, competency-based education is not really new or revolutionary, is not an emphasis on only the measurable, and does not underestimate the complexity of individuals and of social systems. Oregon was the first state to institute competency-based education and in spite of some implementation problems, the program is beginning to be successful. Competency-based education is certainly not all of education but it is the foundation on which all other schooling must be built. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Citizen Role, Competency Based Education, Graduation Requirements, Program Descriptions, Social Change
Phi Delta Kappa, Eighth and Union, Box 789, Bloomington, Indiana 47401 ($0.75; $0.60 for PDK members; quantity discounts)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.
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