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ERIC Number: ED127321
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Has There Been Incompetence in the Specification of Teacher Competencies?
Giordano, Gerard
Competency based teacher performance and competency based teacher education represent an attempt to marry scientific methodology with instruction. This is not the first time that such a union has been attempted--programed learning and behavioral objective centered learning were both designed to minimize the error factor contributed by individual teachers. The teacher error factor is an acknowledgment of the fact that teachers vary in their abilities to effectively provide education. Programed learning removed the teacher as the sole source of information and insured that all students, using identical materials, were exposed to identical opportunities. Behavioral objectives were intended to redirect the often whimsical priorities of teachers. Competency based education is a direct outgrowth of behavioral objectives. The competency approach is more extreme than the behavioral approach because it not only attempts to reduce the influence of the teacher error factor, but it tries to supplant individual teacher intuitions with an objective model of learning. However, complete objective models of learning upon which to base the competencies do not exist. Teachers, therefore, must fall back upon their intuitions to designate a model from which to draw competencies, a situation that parallels the problem competency based teacher performance was intended to resolve. (MM)
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