ERIC Number: ED215202
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
A Paradigm for Implementing Competency-Based Career Education.
Finch, Curtis R.; Horne, Ralph A.
Implementation of competency-based education in Virginia career exploration and preparation programs has served as the basis for establishment of a paradigm for statewide implementation. Competency-based education in Virginia is defined as educational programs with required knowledges, skills, and attitudes based on role-relevant competencies and is further defined by four state standards. Six factors were found to enhance changes of successful implementation: developing course definitions or standards, developing plan of action, providing inservice education, securing administrator commitment, identifying and establishing format of material and product development, and identifying and using existing materials. Four deterrents to implementation were also identified: lack of coordination between state department and local supervisory staff, involvement of individuals not committed to competency-based education, failure to provide uniform inservice education information and materials, and involvement of too many individuals providing technical assistance. Based on Virginia experience, a nine-component competency-based education implementation framework has been proposed: (1) identify lifework domain, (2) review available resources, (3) identify competencies, (4) verify competencies, (5) identify competency standards, (6) develop objectives and criterion-referenced measures, (7) develop instructional activities and materials, (8) develop support plans, and (9) initiate the program. (Each component is described briefly.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 1982).