Competences and vocational higher education: Now and in future: Competenties en beroepsgericht hoger onderwijs: Stand van zaken en toekomstperspectief

Marcel Van der Klink, Jo Boon, Kathleen Schlusmans

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    Abstract

    In this article the popularity of the concept of competence in higher vocational education is explained and the most important issues in this field are discussed. In particular, the vagueness of the term and the problems in defining
    job and training profiles are explained. Then the design of competence-based
    education is discussed. The paper ends by mentioning some subjects that are
    relevant to the future of competence-based education.
    Competence-based education is a catch-all word concealing many different
    forms of education. It is mostly used for individual courses and much less for
    curricula although, seen from the point of view of competence, this could be
    the most interesting level. Research into the effectiveness – and content –
    of competence-based education is sparse and it is important to subject the
    claims of competence-based advocates to further investigation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number1
    Pages (from-to)67-82
    Number of pages16
    JournalEuropean Journal of Vocational Training
    Issue number40
    Publication statusPublished - 2007

    Keywords

    • competences
    • vocational higher education
    • instructional design
    • innovation

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