The Challenge of Competence: Professionalism Through Vocational Education and Training
OverviewThis book is an edited collection addressing competence and professionalism in Vocational Education and Training. Its prime focus is the caring professions of teaching, youth work, social work and community care. Contributors examine critically the design and operation of competence-based approaches in the contemporary British context. They explore the advantages and limitations of the dominant National Council for Vocational Qualifications model, both at a theoretical level and through analysis of practical experience in the caring professions. The book argues that this model is located firmly within technically reational, managerial approaches and, despite good intentions and some useful ideas, is fundamentally flawed. The authors consider alternative approaches to competence, drawn from principles of professionalism, and conclude with some clear pointers to ways in which professional development in the caring professions should be advanced. Phil Hodkinson is Principal Lecturer in Education at the Crewe and Alsager Faculty of Manchester Metropolitan University.Mary Issis is a Senior Lecturer in Youth and Community Work at the Crewe and Alsager Faculty of Manchester Metropolitan University.