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Competence Theory, Research and Practice
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10/19/2016 to 10/21/2016
When: Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Where: Wageningen University Campus
Droevendaalsesteeg 2
Forum, building number 102
Wageningen, 6708 PB 

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Important dates

Proposal submission open - December 1
Conference registration open - January 1
Proposal submission closes - March 21
Decision of proposal acceptation/rejection - May 31
Early bird registration closes - June 30
Registration closes - October 1

The field of competence studies has grown exponentially. It has gained wide interest in all sectors of education, in various types of organizations, in research and in consultancy. Competence-based education, training and development, competence management and core-competence strategy have been blossoming since the 1960s.

What has theory, research and practical experience with implementing competence solutions brought us? What progress has been made, and to what extent has competence-based practices resulted in improved sustainable performance?

What have competence sceptics said; are their concerns valid? Is competence-based practice an empty shell in the sense that there is a big gap between competence-as-theory and competence-based-strategy?

In current educational and management sciences and practice competence-based strategies are common place. But are the claims of proponents of all competence modelling, assessment and development, which is going on right now, justified?

There is much talk about theories and definitions of competence, and there are many different perspectives. Some speak about exclusive epistemologies by which competence-based practices are being framed as a technical-instrumental; others contend that those practices are integral or holistic, and based on a variety of different knowledge theories.

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Management-support team

  • Marissa van den Berg
  • Marja Boerrigter
  • Jolanda Hendriks-Ruisbroek
  • Nicolette Tauecchio

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