ERIC Number: ED318889
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Understanding Competence. A Development Paper.
National Inst. of Adult Continuing Education, Leicester (England). Unit for the Development of Adult Continuing Education.
Competence is one of the outcomes of learning. Competence embraces both specific task skills and the understanding, knowledge, attitude, and personal skills required to carry out that task effectively. An education and training system built on a broad definition of competence would give greater control to the users of the system (the individuals and the employers); and less to the deliverers (teachers, trainers, institutions, and awarding and accrediting bodies). Such a system is likely to serve the interests of learners better but could meet resistance from a variety of sources. Although the National Council for Vocational Qualifications of Great Britain has been set up to develop a national, competence-based framework specifically for vocational qualifications, the ideas are likely to have a significant influence on nonvocational and higher education. The methodology of functional analysis to define competence in vocational areas is broader than traditional approaches to skill assessment; however, it does not address such questions as personal effectiveness, transferability, and potential. There are alternative approaches to building competence models, such as those based on the techniques of job competence assessment developed in the United States and explored in educational contexts in Britain by the Unit for the Development of Adult Continuing Education (UDACE). (CML)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Competence, Competency Based Education, Employment Potential, Employment Qualifications, Foreign Countries, Outcomes of Education, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, Systems Analysis, Transfer of Training, Vocational Education
National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, 19B De Montfort Street, Leicester LE1 7GE, England (2 pounds).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Adult Continuing Education, Leicester (England). Unit for the Development of Adult Continuing Education.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)