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ERIC Number: ED399996
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr-20
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ABC--Me Teacher, You Student.
Ames, Dianne M.
As the world has moved from the industrial age to a technology-based society in which individual and societal competence is paramount, the focus of educational systems must shift from the basic ABC's to Competency-Based Education (CBE). Educational priorities must be continually revised to meet competitive and ever-changing workplace demands and student performance must be assessed on specific, employer-determined competencies. The new paradigm for CBE comes, in part, from the Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS), which identified five necessary skill competencies for effective workers (i.e., allocating resources, interpersonal skills, acquiring and using information, understanding social and organizational systems, and being able to select and apply technology) and the following three foundation skills: (1) basic skills, such as reading, writing, and arithmetic; (2) thinking skills, including creative thinking, reasoning, and problem-solving; and (3) personal qualities related to responsibility, self-esteem, and sociability. For the past few years, technical and community colleges have been cooperatively defining what needs to be learned to perform specific jobs or tasks and to what level for specific job titles based on the CBE paradigm. To ensure that specific competencies are imparted to all students, teachers should improve their understanding of the learning process and such theories of instructional effectiveness as learning styles theory, learning domains theory, and Bloom's Taxonomy of learning and evaluation modes. Contains 15 references. (AJL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A