ERIC Number: ED437542
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Competency-Based Training. Review of Research.
This book provides a review of (primarily Australian) research on competency-based training (CBT). It includes information on the industrial and economic contexts that formed the backdrop for training reform in Australia. Information is presented to show how implementation of CBT has affected teaching, learning, and administration in vocational education and training (VET). Evidence about the effectiveness of CBT is taken from empirical studies conducted in Australia and overseas and theoretical debates on the relative merits of CBT. Studies are included that have examined the implementation of CBT from the perspective of VET teachers, administrators, and students. Findings are mixed. They show the positive and negative effects of CBT reforms on the work of teachers and administrators and the learning of students. Positive effects are an increased focus on delivering training that is responsive to the needs of the workplace, increased accessibility and flexibility of training for clients, and training based on national industry or enterprise-specific standards. The negative effects are related to the inadequate resourcing and preparation of VET teachers and trainers for the implementation of the reforms, increased administrative obligations, and dissatisfaction with outcomes of the learning approach that is promoted under a modularized curriculum. The review concludes with implications for further research, including comparisons of outcomes obtained by students prior to and after CBT implementation. (Contains 60 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Competency Based Education, Curriculum Development, Delivery Systems, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Job Training, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Secondary Education, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia