Competency frameworks: universal or local
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We read with great enthusiasm the scholarly paper by Morcke et al. (2012) published in the Advances in Health Sciences Education journal entitled “Outcome (competency) based education: an exploration of its origins, theoretical basis, and empirical evidence”. The authors of this splendid manuscript provide a comprehensive review of an important concept in medical education, i.e. “competency”. It is very important to notice that the outcome based education (OBE) era, despite the widespread discussions and debates which have been present over the issue, still suffers from a scarcity of the evidence to support its impact on learning. Most of the few studies that Morecke et al. found do not actually check for the outcome or output of this approach.
While we support most of the ideas presented in the paper, there is one point we do not completely agree with. The authors state that “even schools with very different styles of curriculum could reach consensus on learning outcomes”. They set Can ...
- Morcke, A. M., Dornan, T., & Eika, B. (2012). Outcome (competency) based education: an exploration of its origins, theoretical basis, and empirical evidence. Advances in Health Sciences Education. doi:10.1007/s10459-012-9405-9.
- Competency frameworks: universal or local
Advances in Health Sciences Education
Volume 18, Issue 4 , pp 865-866
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- 1. Medical Education Department, Educational Development Centre, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Third Floor, Ghods Street, 14138-43941, Keshavarz Boulevard, Tehran, Iran
- 2. Emergency Medicine Department, Center for Educational Research in Medical Sciences (CERMS), Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran