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Competency-Based Curriculum

  • By: Laurel K. Chehayl
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

Competency-based curriculum design is a model in which educative goals are structured to discover and support the unique abilities and learning styles of individuals, thereby facilitating the achievement of their potential. The concept is in keeping with many established paradigmatic perspectives in the field of curriculum studies.

In a competency-based curriculum, emphasis is not placed upon the learners' accumulation of memorized knowledge or behavior, but instead on their proficiency in a particular realm. A competency goes beyond a skill; it is not simply the learner's accumulated knowledge or task-oriented abilities, but rather the aptitude to produce a personally and socially valuable outcome. The goal of this construct is to help learners achieve long-term success through the realization and cultivation of their strengths and then apply those ...

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