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ERIC Number: EJ811092
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-1598-1037
Holistic Competence: Putting Judgements First
Beckett, David
Asia Pacific Education Review, v9 n1 p21-30 Feb 2008
Professional practice can be conceptualised holistically, and in fact during the 1990s the "Australian model" of integrated or holistic competence emerged empirically. This piece outlines that story, and then develops a more rigorous conceptual analysis of what it is to make competent practical judgements, through inferences, in context-specific and accountable ways (such as to one's peer group of professionals, or to the public). Current research interest in the Schonian swamp-like messiness of judgements (e.g. in clinical medicine) is drawn upon to advance a new epistemology of practice, which takes seriously the "know how" of real work situations, as the basis for a revival of Aristotelian "phronesis".
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Australia