International Perspectives on Competence in the Workplace

International Perspectives on Competence in the Workplace : Research, Policy and Practice

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In the future a more competent workforce will be required as workers will have to acquire the competence to predict and deal with novel situations at work.
This book aims to provide the reader with insightful perspectives about competence in different situations and contexts. It presents a more enlightened view of human competence by opening up an international dialogue about the meaning and interpretation of competence in the workplace, and the impact of learning environments on workplace policy and practice.
Five major premises which provide a basis for how we interpret, experience, and teach competence in the workplace are put forward:

notions of worker competence, and the persuasiveness of informal workplace training;
developing competence as an individual, and the inherent relationship between the worker and work, and the lifeworld;
learning which develops higher level competences based on a more holistic conception of competence;
characteristics of learning environments as integral components of learning at work;
learning environments construed as theoretical and methodological problems in terms of their impact on the acquisition of competence.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 251 pages
  • 157.5 x 236.2 x 17.8mm | 317.52g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 2001 ed.
  • XV, 251 p.
  • 0792368452
  • 9780792368458

Table of contents

Foreword; F. Marton. Notes on the Contributors. Acknowledgements. Introduction. Perspectives on Competence Development: Views and Tensions; C. Velde. Theme One: Competence in the Workplace: A Focus on Industry and Vocational Education. 1. Understanding the Basis for Competence Development; J. Sandberg. 2. Perceptions of Vocational Education and Competence: Implications for Research, Policy and Practice; C. Yelde. 3. Vocational Educators: Understanding Practice at Work; S. Billett. Theme Two: Competence in the Workplace: A Focus on Schools and Colleges. 4. The Changing Context of Business Education: Competency Requirements for the New Paradigm; C. Velde. 5. An Alternative Model of Competency-Based Assessment; G. Elliott. 6. 'Kicking and Screaming into the 21st Century'. A Collaborative Attempt To Develop Beginning Teacher Competencies through E-Communication; D. Mayer, et al. Theme Three: Competence in the Workplace: A Focus on Small Business and Companies. 7. Workplace Trainers in Action: Their Role in Building a Training/Learning Culture; R. Harris, M. Simons. 8. Learning in Small Business Enterprises; R. Gerber. 9. Learning Environments: What are They? L. Svensson, Y. Kjellberg. Theme Four: Competence in the Workplace: A Focus on Health and Global Contexts. 10. Empowerment through Reflection: Competence for the New Millennium or a Case of the Emperor's New Clothes; T. Ghaye. 11. Nursing Work and Nurses at Work; J. Fitzpatrick. 12. Demands for Intercultural Communicative Competence in Working Life: A Case Study of Swedish Higher Education Co-operation with Baltic Neighbour, Estonia; E. Ericsson. Conclusion. Competence in the Workplace: A Synthesis of Issues for Reflection and Action; C. Velde, M. Wood. Subject Index.
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