ERIC Number: ED149413
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Competency-Based Education: Theory & Practice. ACSA School Management Digest, Series 1, Number 9. ERIC/CEM Research Analysis Series, Number 36.
Some tentative evidence bears out the claims of competency based education (CBE) theory, suggesting that well implemented CBE programs can bring significant benefits; however, CBE still remains a largely untested innovation, according to the author of this analysis paper. He outlines CBE in theory--its definition, implications, benefits, and problems--and in practice, describing three CBE programs currently in operation (California's Basic Skills Program, Oregon's Life-Role Program, and the Fairfield-Suisun School District (California) Career Major Program). Incorporating information gleaned from interviews with school administrators, as well as from the literature on CBE, the author describes the implementation process and problems associated with instituting competency based education. He concludes that the best chance for successful implementation appears to lie in cultivating good staff morale, assessing outcomes early in curriculum development, and linking outcomes, instruction, and assessment in newly designed courses. (Author/DS)
Descriptors: Competency Based Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Programs, Educational Theories, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Systems, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Skills, Student Evaluation
Association of California School Administrators, P.O. Box 39186, Rincon Annex, San Francisco, California 94139 ($1.75 ACSA members; $2.75 non-members)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Association of California School Administrators.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.