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ERIC Number: EJ786302
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 6
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0040-0912
Let's Have Some Capatence Here
Brown, Reva Berman; McCartney, Sean
Education & Training, v45 n1 p7-12 2003
Defines two competitive ideas--competence and capability--and argues that neither deals adequately with the central issue of the present. Provides a model, to place these ideas in conceptual space--the vertical axis of which is bounded by the extremes of narrow and broad focus, and the horizontal axis by the past and the future. Suggests that competence is on an outer edge, being narrowly focused on the performance of pre-defined tasks, and based on the past in that it can be demonstrated in the present only if it has already been developed. Capability is on the opposite outer edge, being broadly focused on the performance of non-defined tasks, and cannot be demonstrated in the present, because it exists as potential/future possibility or capacity. To illuminate the centre, suggests a tentative solution called "capatence"--the necessary symbiosis between competence and capability that will allow for flexibility of focus and a grounding in the present. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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