A Critical Analysis of Competency-Based Systems in Adult Education

  title={A Critical Analysis of Competency-Based Systems in Adult Education},
  author={Michael Collins},
  journal={Adult Education Quarterly},
  pages={174 - 183}
  • M. Collins
  • Published 1 March 1983
  • Philosophy
  • Adult Education Quarterly
The purpose of this essay is to critically analyze the term "competency," in hope of enhancing our practical understanding of the concept "competencybased education." The underlying philosophical principles of this paper are derived from Edmund Husserl's representation of philosophy as criticism, particularly as it has been advanced by his student Alfred Schutz. Like Husserl and Schutz, we subscribe to the Cartesian position that the basis of kno\Vledge resides first and foremost within the… 
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