Competency Based Training and Assessment - Is it a thing of the past?
Competency based training and assessment sounds great in an ideal world. It evolved during the 1950’s as a standardised teaching, learning and assessment andragogy. The belief was that standardised learning outcomes was reflected in a standardised learning sequence. Bloom (1974) and The USA defence force built on these concepts whilst training defence personnel in World War 11 with the implementation of Mastery Learning for programs such as nursing. The ideal behind Mastery Learning was that standardised training outcomes are achievable for all learners by analysing behaviours of a competent person and transposing those into a set of standardised learning sequences.
Over the years there have been many contributors to the competency based training and competency based assessment systems seem today. Most educational thought leaders in relatively recent history have three things in common. These are
Where do we need to go to protect the academic integrity and the practical application of VET in Australia?
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