Competence Based Education and Training (CBET) and the End of Human Learning

The Existential Threat of Competency

  • John┬áPreston

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. John Preston
    Pages 1-7
  3. John Preston
    Pages 9-59
  4. John Preston
    Pages 95-116
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 117-119

About this book


This book radically counters the optimism sparked by Competence Based Education and Training, an educational philosophy that has re-emerged in Schooling, Vocational and Higher Education in the last decade. CBET supposedly offers a new type of learning that will lead to skilled employment; here, Preston instead presents the competency movement as one which makes the concept of human learning redundant. Starting with its origins in Taylorism, the slaughterhouse and radical behaviourism, the book charts the history of competency education to its position as a global phenomenon today, arguing that competency is opposed to ideas of process, causality and analog human movement that are fundamental to human learning.


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Authors and affiliations

  • John┬áPreston
    • 1
  1. 1.Cass School of Education and CommunitiesUniversity of East LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-55109-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-55110-4
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