Implementing Competencies and their impact on Social Education

Miller, Thoby (2008) Implementing Competencies and their impact on Social Education.


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This paper examines the benefits and problems of implementing a system of competencies, with particular reference to social education in the UK. It recognises the potential value of National Occupational Standards as a means of promoting public esteem and recognition by other professionals, providing a framework for the discussing and enhancing practice and a means of maintaining quality and standards. However, the narrow instrumental emphasis on outcomes involves a lack of emphasis on the process of learning, marginalises professional values and ignores the context in which learning takes place. Consequently National Occupational Standards are only useful when used in conjunction with a broad-based education and training programme, which encourages creative practice and innovation and is aimed at producing fully-reflective and self-critical practitioners.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright © 2008 European Journal of Social Education. This is the author's final version of the work after peer review. This paper was first published in Volume 14/15 of the European Journal of Social 2008. Information about the journal is available at
Keywords: mapping, instrumentality, professional values, creativity, National Occupational Standards, Mots clé: cartographie, instrumentalité, valeurs professionnelles, créativité, norms nationals de qualification professionelle
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Depositing User: ULCC Admin
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2011 09:13
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2017 20:05

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