International Perspectives on Competence Development

International Perspectives on Competence Development : Developing Skills and Capabilities

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In today's complex and ever-changing world it has become obvious that even highly developed knowledge and skills are no longer sufficient to meet new challenges, situations and problems facing individuals, organisations and nations. This raises an enormous and potentially confusing issue for educators and trainers: how is it possible to generate and assess abilities to deal with challenges and problems unknown - or not even in existence - at the time when the learning takes place?

The book builds on the experiences and insights of its expert contributors, all of whom have worked with, studied and analysed competences and how they are developed. Their collected work presents

Comprehensive explanation and analysis of the concept and nature of competence.

Specific contexts of competence development, e.g. in the public sector or small business.

Competence development as a national strategy for building an up-to-date education and training system.

With chapters from around the world, including the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Scandinavia, this book illustrates in an engaging and convincing manner the importance and innovative nature of the concept of competences, resulting in a varied, differentiated and empathetic guide to the topic. It will appeal to educators, both in academic and management circles, as well as students and administrators of education.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 228 pages
  • 159 x 235 x 12.7mm | 499g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 4 Tables, black and white
  • 0415492106
  • 9780415492102

Table of contents

Part 1: The Issue Of Competence Development 1. Competence Development in the USA: Limiting Expectations or Unleashing Global Capacities by Karen E. Watkins & Maria Cseh 2. Adult Education and Competence Development -- from a Critical Thinking Perspective by Moacir Gadotti 3. Competence Development in the Workplace: Concepts, Strategies and Effects by Per-Erik Ellstrom & Henrik Kock Part 2: The Concept Of Competence 4. Competence: Commodification of Human Ability by Soonghee Han 5. Holistic Competence: Putting Judgements First by David Beckett 6. From Learning to Competence Development: How can Competences be Learned, and how can they be Developed in Formal Education? by Knud Illeris 7. Learning to be an Expert: Competence Development and Expertise by Peter Jarvis Part 3: Competence Development In Different Contexts 8. Competence Development in the Public Sector: Development, or Dismantling of Professionalism? by Katrin Hjort 9. Labour Perspectives on the New Politics of Skill and Competence Formation: International Perspectives by Peter Sawchuk 10. Competences and Employer Engagement by Pam Irwin 11. Developing Competence-in-Practice: Female Entrepreneurs in Small Business by Manuela Perrotta Part 4: Competence Development As A National Strategy 12. Enhancing Competences and Skills in China by Xianjin Dou 13. Competence Based Training and National Qualifications Frameworks in South Africa by Ben Parker & Shirley Walters 14. Towards Enhanced Competence of the Thai Workforce by Patcharawalai Wongboonsin & Kua Wongsboonsin
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About Knud Illeris

Knud Illeris is Professor of Lifelong Learning at the Danish University of Education. He is internationally acknowledged as an innovative contributor to learning theory and adult education. In 2005 he became Honorary Adjunct Professor of Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, and in 2006 he was inducted to The International Hall of Fame of Adult and Continuing Education. He is the author of numerous books, including How We Learn, which provides a comprehensive understanding of human learning and non-learning, and Contemporary Theories of Learning, which draws together the world's leading theorists of human learning.
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