The Competence Turn

Vare, Paul ORCID: 0000-0003-3182-9105 (2022) The Competence Turn. In: Competences in Education for Sustainable Development: critical perspectives. Sustainable Development Goals Series . Springer Cham, pp. 11-18. ISBN 9783030910570

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The Competence Turn marks a shift of attention away from what is taught, with a focus on curriculum content, to what is learned, i.e. the outcomes of education. It is a shift with some considerable history. This chapter explores the approach to curriculum that underpins the Competence Turn, charts the growing use of the term ‘competence’ in education since the mid-Twentieth Century looking specifically at how it has been pressed into the service of environmental and sustainability education. The final section discusses some hazards that accompany this focus on competence. These can be summarised as: conceptual confusion; the centrality of context; impacts on pedagogy; distractions from fundamental issues concerning the wider purpose of education.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Chapter 2
Uncontrolled Keywords: Critique of competences; environmental and sustainability education; curriculum approaches; purpose of education
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Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Society and Learning
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2022 17:00
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2024 04:15

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