52. Competency based education

1. In competency-based education (CBE) the curriculum is directly derived from a detailed analysis of tasks, functions and roles in the given profession.  CBE provides an adequate link between educational programs and the professional field.

2.CBE starts from the notion that every profession can be described in terms of a professional profile: a limited set of competencies. How to prepare a professional profile is explained in the PowerPoint ‘How to reduce the gap between the Higher Education and the local professional field’.

3. A competency-based educational program should enable its students to master the set of competencies necessary to successfully perform in a job as a beginning practitioner.

4.One of the definitions of a competency is: a combination of complex cognitive and higher-order skills, highly integrated knowledge structures, interpersonal and social skills, and attitudes and values. Acquired competencies can be applied in a variety of situations (i.e. a transfer) and over an unlimited time span (EA lifelong learning). (Merriënboer and Kirschner, 2013). Some competencies are specific to a given profession and others are general (for example the so-called 21st-century competencies).

5.Typical learning and teaching methods used in CBE : student project work, problem-based education, student group work, independent study, case studies, seminars, lectures (including guest lectures) and internships.

6. Typical assessments methods in CBE: Assessment of products and processes of student projects, assessment center, peer assessments , 360°- feedback, portfolio and classical assessment methods.

Text article: Competency-based curriculum developments in education in the Netherlands.

PowerPoint: How to reduce the gap between the University and the local professional field?

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