ERIC Number: ED403447
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Oct-31
Redefining Competency from a Systems Perspective for the 21st Century.
Queeney, Donna S.
Describing competency only in terms of individuals' technical capabilities is fast becoming inadequate. Practitioners in the 21st century must be able to apply the technical capabilities of their professions as they work with others within and external to their professions. A perception of the professional as a package of capabilities is the result of a problem-solving approach to professional practice that has evolved over the past decade. As professional practice moves toward a systems orientation, the factors that define competency increase in number and complexity. Both situational and human factors must be addressed in defining competency. Education and testing for competency should focus on professionals' work in teams as well as on their individual competencies. The need to introduce a team focus into professional preparation does not diminish the importance of fully preparing each individual with regard to the knowledge, skills, and performance abilities essential to the profession he or she is about to enter. As competency moves from an individual to a systems perspective, one can expect a parallel movement from an individual to an organizational competency focus. The lists of competencies that organizations identify as essential will increasingly include human factors. (YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (Charlotte, NC, October 31, 1996).