ERIC Number: EJ1047600
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
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Disrupting the Game-Changer: Remembering the History of Competency-Based Education
Gallagher, Chris W.
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v46 n6 p16-23 2014
This article describes the changes and challenges that Competency-based education (CBE) has bought to the higher education arena. Cautions are being offered about the most prominent features of the version being promoted today, particularly its hyper-individualization. CBE's recent prominence is due to better technology, a friendly policy context, decreased state support for higher education, and free online educational resources. This has increased public skepticism about traditional higher education, and the support of philanthropic foundations, however, the current CBE movement forgets the central enterprise of higher education: ongoing, engaged teaching and learning. While no reliable data yet supports the contention that students in these programs are learning more than their peers in traditional programs, particularly marginalized students, the caution remains--in this "Age of Information," when students are constantly inundated with data of all kinds, there is a need to continue the work of shaping and sharing educational experiences with students, a work even more important today.
Descriptors: Competency Based Education, Educational History, Educational Change, Higher Education, Performance Factors, Instructional Effectiveness, Teaching Methods, Educational Strategies, Professional Identity, Teacher Role, Student Role, Minimum Competencies, Transformative Learning, Educational Trends, Educational Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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