In today's complex and ever-changing world it has become obvious that even highly developed kwledge and skills are longer sufficient to meet new challenges, situations and problems facing individuals, organisations and nations. This raises an ermous and potentially confusing issue for educators and trainers: how is it possible to generate and assess abilities to deal with challenges and problems unkwn - or t even in existence - at the time when the learning takes place? The book builds on the experiences and insights of its expert contributors, all of whom have worked with, studied and analysed competences and how they are developed. Their collected work presents * Comprehensive explanation and analysis of the concept and nature of competence. * Specific contexts of competence development, e.g. in the public sector or small business. * Competence development as a national strategy for building an up-to-date education and training system. With chapters from around the world, including the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Scandinavia, this book illustrates in an engaging and convincing manner the importance and invative nature of the concept of competences, resulting in a varied, differentiated and empathetic guide to the topic. It will appeal to educators, both in academic and management circles, as well as students and administrators of education.
Knud Illeris is Professor of Lifelong Learning at the Danish University of Education. He is internationally acknowledged as an innovative contributor to learning theory and adult education. In 2005 he became Honorary Adjunct Professor of Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, and in 2006 he was inducted to The International Hall of Fame of Adult and Continuing Education. He is the author of numerous books, including How We Learn, which provides a comprehensive understanding of human learning and non-learning, and Contemporary Theories of Learning, which draws together the world's leading theorists of human learning.