The origins of competency-based training

Hodge, Steven 2007, The origins of competency-based training, Australian journal of adult learning, vol. 47, no. 2, pp. 179-209.

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Title The origins of competency-based training
Author(s) Hodge, Steven
Journal name Australian journal of adult learning
Volume number 47
Issue number 2
Start page 179
End page 209
Publisher Adult Learning Australia Inc.
Place of publication Underdale, S. Aust.
Publication date 2007-07
ISSN 1443-1394
Keyword(s) Vocational education and training
Knowledge (Theory)
United States
Summary This article attempts to trace the origins of competency-based training (CBT), the theory of vocational education that underpins the National Training Framework in Australia. A distinction is made between societal and theoretical origins. This paper argues that CBT has its societal origins in the United States of America during the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Public debate and government initiatives centred on the widely held view that there was a problem with the quality of education in the United States. One of the responses to this crisis was the Performance-Based Teacher Education movement which synthesised the theory of education that became CBT.The theoretical origins of CBT derive principally from behaviourism and systems theory - two broad theoretical orientations that influenced educational debate in the United States during the fomative period of CBT. Most of the component parts of CBT were contributed by specialists with a background in one or both of these theoretical orientations.
Language eng
Field of Research 130213 Vocational Education and Training Curriculum and Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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