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.
Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Education | Educational Administration and Supervision | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research
Miller, T. (2008) ‘Implementing Competencies and their impact on Social Education’. European Journal of Social Education No 14/15
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Miller, Thoby, "Implementing Competencies and their impact on Social Education" (2008). Professional and Vocational Education Research Unit. Paper 10.