Competence-based education and training: Progress or villainy?

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This paper notes the critical response that the ‘competence movement’ has received from writers in philosophy of education and argues for a more positive assessment of what it offers in relation to: (i) the place of practical competence in a liberal education, (ii) the meritocratic principles underlying the competence movement, (iii) the ‘transparency’ of expectations in assessment, and even (iv) the element of practical competence in moral performance. It emphasises, however, that not all versions of ‘competence’ can be defended in these terms and that this requires a more generic and cognitively laden concept of personal and professional competence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)374-376
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Educational Research Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1996

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