The renewal of competency-based education: a review of the literature

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Author: Burnette, Diane M.


Although competency-based education (CBE) has existed since the early 1970s adult-focused degree programs, interest in CBE has spiked in recent years due to the increased attention on higher education affordability and accountability. This article reviews the extant literature on CBE to address the following questions: (1) What are the definitions of CBE? (2) What are the characteristics of contemporary CBE programs? (3) What are the various CBE programmatic models? (4) What challenges are confronted by institutions seeking to implement CBE programs? (5) What are the key factors in...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Vocational education and training; Skills and knowledge; Research; Students; Higher education; Teaching and learning

Keywords: Competency based training; Competence; Literature review; Nontraditional students; Adult learning

Published: Abingdon, England: Routledge, Taylor and Francis, 2016

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Journal volume: 64

Journal number: 2

Journal date: June 2016

Pages: pp. 84-93

ISSN: 0737-7363, 1948-4801 (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 124.708

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