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ERIC Number: ED087741
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 21
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Competency: The Language of the Behavioral Objectives Movement.
Craig, Samuel B., Jr.
Several external and internal factors combine to hinder optimal communication in "Competency," the language of behavior modification. As a language, Competency a) is spoken with varying degrees of fluency and facility, b) is difficult to translate into English because the common vocabulary is used descriptively in English while it is used functionally in Competency, and c) is dynamic in its potential as a precision instrument for communication. Communication in Competency is affected by a) entropy, the freedom of the communicator with regard to word selection; b) redundancy, that part of a message which is unnecessary for understanding; c) noise, or message distortion; and d) channel capacity, or the vocabulary of the listener. Competency is presently used inter- and intra-personally without consistency of function. Six ordered functions of Competency are a) Binary, used to separate proponents of behavior modification from nonproponents; b) Communicative, used to enhance reliability in describing human behavior phenomena; c) Suggestive, used to encourage major and minor instructional developments; d) Investigative, used to provide a common language for researchers; e) Generative, used to advance thought; and f) Valuative, used to assess competency in personnel. The language of Competency must be developed, refined, and studied carefully by those who use it. (HMD)
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