14-WASS Competence theory research and practice

Course description:
In this course students will get acquainted with theoretical perspectives on competence and education for competence development. Topics relate to

Competence-based education and learning arrangement; competence development; competence-based assessment; professional development of teachers in this context; entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial competencies, and competence in relation to a range of related variables like motivation, intelligence, and professional knowledge

All sessions will have a theoretical / research related part and a practical (implications for (educational) practice) part.

Course objectives:
After this course, the participants
  • show awareness of discussions and debates in competence literature, both with respect to theoretical as well as practical issues/implications are able to formulate critical opinions and arguments on a range of core topics in the field of competence, competence-based education and assessment, teacher competencies and professional development and entrepreneurial competence 
  • Have gained understanding of research lines and perspectives in the discussed fields are able to translate these fields into a practical perspective: what do theoretical considerations mean for (1) my research (2) (educational) practice. 

Names course coordinators/tutors plus e-mail address
Martin Mulder martin.mulder@wur.nl
Harm Biemans Harm.Biemans@wur.nl
Renate Wesselink; renate.wesselink@wur.nl
Thomas Lans Thomas.Lans@wur.nl
Judith Gulikers judith.gulikers@wur.nl
Liesbeth Baartman Liesbeth.baartman@hu.nl

Requirements/entry level
: not required.

Course Programme
The course consist of 3 2-day meetings (Thursday-Friday)

The sessions (day 1-5) will consist of a range of activities:
  • Interactive lectures combined with focused discussions or assignments (all lectures will be combined with one core article that participants are required to prepare beforehand), 
  • group work and presentations on self-selected themes (selected from a range of provided themes related to the core of the course) with peer and tutor feedback, 
  • small-group activities identifying and discussing several statements in more depth, preparatory for the final debate on the last day. 

The final day will be devoted to
  • application of the course material and insights to own PhD project (morning session) 
  •  final debate 

Specification of the workload:
(84 hours in total)
  • 6 days of f-f meetings (48 hours) 
  • reading and preparing core articles required for the lectures (20 hours) 
  • preparing presentation one selected theme in group work (16 hours) 

F-2-f meetings are planned on Thursday and Friday from 9.30-16.30
· 11-12 September 2014
· 25-26 September 2014
· 9-10 October 2014

Wageningen University.

Maximum number of participants:
15 students (max 3 students per group for theme presentations)

NB: to give participants enough time to prepare and form groups the deadline for registration is set at the beginning of July 2014

  • Critical preparation of the articles belonging to the interactive lectures shown in participation during these sessions 
  • Groups work and presentation on a selected theme that adequately addresses the following criteria: 
  • overview of the literature belonging to the theme, in such a way that the other participants get a representative overview of the theme 
  • presenting a theoretical frame (including different perspectives) 
  • concretising the theme into (implications for) educational practice 
  • dilemma’s / bottlenecks representative of the theme 
  • discussing current / future lines of research in this theme 
  • Serious attempt to translate the course to own PhD project (during day 6) 
  • Articulation of the critical opinion and argument during the final debate
For more information about the literature and tasks download the Course Manual (updated April 17, 2014)
ICO Education,
17 Apr 2014, 06:00