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ERIC Number: EJ885358
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0260-2938
Bases of Competence: An Instrument for Self and Institutional Assessment
Berdrow, Iris; Evers, Frederick T.
Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, v35 n4 p419-434 Jul 2010
The "Bases of Competence" model provides a general framework for learner-centred skill development and programme-focused outcomes assessment. Based on previous research, the "Bases of Competence" model describes 17 skills and four base competencies important to graduates to achieve high performance in the workplace. Taking this work from research to relevant educational application as a tool for student self-assessment and institutional outcomes assessment is the focus of this paper. Results from a multi-year, multi-course assessment initiative indicate that students rate themselves stronger in the foundation base competencies of "Communicating" and "Managing Self", and weaker in more complex competencies of "Managing People and Tasks" and "Mobilising Innovation and Change". Comparisons of skill confidence within each base competence as well as between year, student level, gender and beginning versus end of semester are presented as well. These results are discussed and suggestions made for programme design. (Contains 1 note, 2 tables, and 7 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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