n South African Journal of Higher Education - Issues in competence and pre-service teacher education. Part 1 : can outcomes-based programmes produce competent teachers?

Volume 19, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



The Department of Education's <I>Norms and standards for educators&lt;/I&gt; (Department of Education 2000) require that higher education institutions design and implement outcomes-based teacher education programmes to enable novice teachers to demonstrate their competence across a range of teacher roles. In this article the question of whether outcomes-based programmes can produce competent teachers is explored. This is done firstly by taking a closer look at competence and competence-based education, the role of standards and the four types of competences as defined in the <I>Norms and standards for educators.&lt;/I&gt; Thereafter we discuss outcomes and outcomes-based education. The article also points out the necessity of distinguishing between competences for beginning and pre-service teachers on the one hand and experienced teachers on the other.

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