Concepts of competence

Eraut, Michael (1998) Concepts of competence. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 12 (2). pp. 127-139. ISSN 1356-1820

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An analysis of everyday use of the term ‘competence' is followed by a literature review. Some authors treat competence as a socially situated concept—the ability to perform tasks and roles to the expected standard—leaving its precise meaning to be negotiated by stakeholders in a macro-or micro-political context. Others treat competence as individually situated, a personal capability or characteristic. This latter concept is labelled ‘capability' and its vital relationship with socially-defined Competence is analysed. The importance for practice of representations of competence and for professional preparation of models of capability is discussed.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Capability, Competence, Expertise, Performance, Professional preparation, Representation
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Depositing User: Michael Ruarc Eraut
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:41
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2019 08:33
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