ERIC Number: ED134541
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Comments and Guidelines for Research in Competency Identification, Definition and Measurement.
Pottinger, Paul S.
This paper responds to the demand generated among competency-based program participants and administrators for definitions of "competence" and new assessment techniques and instruments for its measurement. Discussion centers on three aspects of assessment: (1) the identification and definition of competencies relevant to life and work outside of academia; (2) instrumentation, techniques, and processes of evaluation that provide reliable and valid measures of these competencies; and (3) standardization and/or establishment of levels of performance necessary and sufficient for awarding credentials. Technical problems in these three areas are identified, and directions for future research and development are suggested. Discussion strongly advocates an emphasis for competency assessment and identification that centers on adult development and learning outcomes with special attention to the interactive nature of psychological variables and how skills and abilities are integrated (as is required in life outside of academia). A "psychology of competence" is predicted. (MM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Syracuse Univ. Research Corp., NY. Educational Policy Research Center.