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ERIC Number: ED114361
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Nov
Pages: 15
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Competency-Based Education--What Is It?
Turney, Mildred; And Others
This task force report defines competency-based education (CBE) as a system of education designed to develop competencies in those who are products of the system. A distinction is made between CBE and performance based education (PBE) in this report. Although the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Committee on Performance-Based Teacher Education considers the terms interchangeable, this task force considers the term competency to be the better choice for the name of the system. The report also presents an operational definition characterizing CBE, and states that CBE programs include (1) individualized instruction, (2) learning experiences guided by feedback, (3) the characteristics of a system, (4) careful definition of performance goals in assessable terms and guidance of instruction by evaluation of learner performance, and (5) a focus on the student in the teaching-learning process and product. Six functions of competency are also identified and discussed. These include binary, communication, suggestive, investigative, and generative functions. The paper then sets forth what appear to be the 11 chief issues presently confronting the CBE movement. The last section of the report presents 10 problems relating to competency-based education. (BD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Report to the Vice Chancellor by a Task Force appointed by the Faculty Senate, University of Wisconsin--Stout (Menomonie, Wisconsin, November 1974)