Taking Learning Professionals to Competent Professionals Through Performance-Based Projects

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Competency-based learning and performance strategies have been emphasized in training and performance improvement fields. Several professional organizations, such as the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI), the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), and the International Board of Standards for Training and Performance Instruction (IBSTPI), have established standards or models for promoting competency-based performance in industry. The reason why competency-based strategies are critical becomes clear by reviewing the definition of the word competency, which is a purposely combined set of knowledge, skills, and attitudes that enables one to successfully complete specific job tasks, when measured by the standards used in the field (IBSTPI, 2008; National Center for Educational Statistics, 2002)

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