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ERIC Number: EJ938282
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1448-0220
The Competency Debate in German VET: An Analysis of Current Reform Approaches
Hellwig, Silke
International Journal of Training Research, v4 n1 p1-16 2006
Competency-based training (CBT) is inherent in Anglophone vocational education and training (VET) systems. Respective attributes such as outcome-orientation, flexible delivery as well as an individualised and modular culture of learning are characteristic especially of the Australian VET system. Opposed to that, the German VET system is marked by the vocational principle, which leads to an efficient, but rather rigid system. Despite these apparent differences the competency debate has entered current VET research in Germany and various attempts to reform existing VET structures have been undertaken in the past few years. This paper includes an analysis of the competency debate in German VET research against the background of two main principles underlying German VET, namely the principles of dualism and vocationalism. Concepts of competency will be introduced and the problem of defining the term competency and the inconsistent use of the term for example in the concept of key competencies will be looked at. "Professional action competency" and competency-based learning fields are illustrated as two examples of the German competency debate. Finally, the question whether CBT as realised in Australia has potential for the German dual apprenticeship system will be examined by contrasting both approaches.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; Germany