Investigating competence-based VET in The Netherlands: backgrounds, pitfalls and implications

H.J.A. Biemans, R. Poell

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In the Dutch VET system, competence-based education is the leading paradigm for innovation both on systems´ level and on the level of teaching and learning arrangements. This phenomenon was the impetus for organising a scientific conference in October 2002, under the umbrella of the Dutch Educational Research Association (VOR), to bring to the fore a diversity of results of educational research related to competence-based VET. This paper provides an analysis of the competence concept and its popularity and an internationally embedded historical analysis of the development of competence-based education. Moreover, based on the presentations of the October conference, (possible) pitfalls and roads for future development will be sketched.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2003
EventPaper gepresenteerd op de ECER 2003 -
Duration: 17 Sep 200320 Sep 2003


ConferencePaper gepresenteerd op de ECER 2003


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