Breaking Down the Incredibly Awful Impression of Competency-Based Education
In the wake of the massive brain drain that occurred after the recession, administrators have turned to growing capacity of “autonomy in learning” models of teaching, which has become a signature of cognitive learning management systems and a departure from the older style of “units of assessment.” Education executives are hoping these models can streamline educational infrastructure, improve instruction and student outcomes, and make data more usable.
Why Competency-Based Education is So Awful
The whole system is hinged on the premise that we can measure competency. However, the concern is when we don’t allow for the kind of participation that comes from teaching; when we don’t allow for students to receive a mastery of content, develop a critical framework of language, or come to rely on strategies and strategies that they have learned in schools before they leave, so that learning comes about naturally in many contexts and not a top-down pedagogical design.
It is uncertain how a market-driven approach of competency assessment will roll out and work, both from a big data perspective and a pedagogical standpoint.
Primarily, competency-based education has been underutilized because of the potential for cherry picking of instructional practices that may look good in the center but may appear questionable on the outside in the more specific areas where competency is concerned.
From a Learning Analytical Perspective
Let’s look at the point where competency is imporant from a learning analytic perspective. For my initial skill grouping, it seems clear that going at it independently across different aptitudes and competencies can lead to independent decision making and intuition, which we associate with a sense of competence. Because you have all these different modes of solving the problem and you’re a bit of an expert at it, you’re likely more of a gatherer of knowledge and more of a driver of intuition than someone who approaches it with the intent of creating an article, doing research or writing a project, and leaving it to someone else to process the data and move forward.
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