ERIC Number: EJ1071804
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
Aspects of Competence-Based Education as Footholds to Improve the Connectivity between Learning in School and in the Workplace
Wesselink, Renate; de Jong, Cees; Biemans, Harm J. A.
Vocations and Learning, v3 n1 p19-38 Apr 2010
Recent developments in competence-based education have motivated institutions of vocational education and training (VET) to improve the links or connectivity between learning in school and learning in the workplace, which has been a problem for decades. In previous research, a theoretical framework describing the underlying aspects of competence-based education was developed. In this study, three aspects of this framework were used to analyse connectivity between learning in school and learning in the workplace. These aspects were: i) authenticity, ii) selfresponsibility, and iii) the role of the teacher as expert and coach. Three stakeholder groups (i.e., students, teachers, and workplace training supervisors) involved in secondary VET programs in the field of life sciences in the Netherlands were questioned on these aspects. Based on their interviews, it is concluded that these aspects provide information about the process of connectivity. Because stakeholder groups hold different conceptions of workplace learning and often do not communicate adequately about mutual responsibilities, the implementation of these aspects of competence-based education has not significantly improved the connectivity situation. Nevertheless, these aspects of competence-based education can guide stakeholder groups in making clearer agreements about mutual responsibilities, which may improve connectivity in the future.
Descriptors: Competency Based Education, Vocational Education, Education Work Relationship, Workplace Learning, Responsibility, Teacher Role, Expertise, Secondary Education, Biological Sciences, Foreign Countries, Students, Teachers, Supervisors, Stakeholders
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands