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PROSPECTS

, Volume 37, Issue 2, pp 187–203 | Cite as

From Competence in the Curriculum to Competence in Action

  • Philippe Jonnaert
  • Domenico Masciotra
  • Johanne Barrette
  • Denise MorelEmail author
  • Yaya Mane
Curriculum Change and Competency-Based Approaches: A Worldwide Perspective

Abstract

The article begins by drawing a distinction between the concepts of “curriculum” and “programme of study”, and goes on to show that curriculum reform involves much more than simply rewriting programmes of study. The reforms that are presently sweeping across education systems throughout the world qualify, in many cases, as true paradigm revolutions, given the magnitude of the transition from an objectives-based to a competency-based pedagogy. The authors discuss the complex nature of a situated approach to competence by exploring the theoretical foundations of a number of contemporary perspectives: situated action/cognition, distributed cognition/intelligence, collective intelligence and enaction. The value of a situated approach to competence is that it goes beyond an objectives-based pedagogy, while at the same time incorporating the best of what it has to offer.

Keywords

Education System Curriculum Reform Collective Intelligence Situate Cognition Competent Person 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Philippe Jonnaert
    • 1
  • Domenico Masciotra
    • 1
  • Johanne Barrette
    • 1
  • Denise Morel
    • 1
    Email author
  • Yaya Mane
    • 1
  1. 1.St HubertCanada

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