Competencies and workplace learning : some reflections on the rhetoric and the reality

Garavan, T and McGuire, David (2001) Competencies and workplace learning : some reflections on the rhetoric and the reality. Journal of Workplace Learning, 13 (4). pp. 144-164. ISSN 13665626

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The use of competency frameworks as a basis for workplace learning initiatives is now relatively commonplace in organisations. This is reflected in the emphasis given to competencies in the HRD literature. However, the terrain of the competency discussion is somewhat ill defined. This article attempts to define the context within which the value of competencies as a basis for workplace learning can be considered and discusses the philosophical and epistemological perspectives found in much of the literature. Competency definition and competency measurement issues are explored as are a range of other issues concerning the value of competencies in a workplace learning context. The article concludes that in the interests of clarity, consistency and reliability of measurement, consensus needs to be reached on the basic parameters and definition of competency.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Competences, Workplace learning, Human Resource Development, Competency Assessment
Divisions: School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management > Business, Enterprise & Management
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2009 13:58
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2017 15:37


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