ERIC Number: ED232707
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Competency-Based Education for Media Professionals. An ERIC Fact Sheet.
Daniel, Evelyn H.; Ely, Donald P.
Information is provided concerning the complexity of developing competency-based programs for members of service professions, such as teachers and media specialists, when there is little agreement about the qualifications and the behaviors required of the beginning professional. Section 1 discusses the qualities of a competent professional. Key issues are the lack of universal agreement among professional members and differences in philosophies as to whether a service professional's job is an art, a science, or a craft. Section 2 addresses the objections of critics to competency-based education, who argue that the essence of a service professional's job requires intuition and judgment which cannot be specified behaviorally. Section 3 considers the position of advocates, who undermine undefinable and unobservable mental ideas and feelings in their push for setting and maintaining standards of performance. Section 4 presents the controversial nature of competency-based education and the need for continuing debate in search of a resolution. Section 5 addresses the current status of competency-based requirements for school media professional certification. States which have already established such requirements, and publications about development and evaluation of competency-based education programs are listed. (LH)
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Behavioral Objectives, Certification, Competence, Competency Based Teacher Education, Educational Needs, Educational Philosophy, Educational Quality, Evaluation Criteria, Higher Education, Library Education, Media Specialists, Minimum Competencies, Performance, Professional Education
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Information Resources, Syracuse, NY.