This article is excerpted from the recently published book Competence.
The article has two primary objectives: to present the reader with an
understanding of the structure and design of this research project, and to
share a brief overview of some of our major findings from the study.
From June to November 2015, Re.D Studio, ASB’s Research and Development
department, studied the potential, the current models and the possible
future impact of Competency Based Learning with a larger objective to
create a comprehensive resource that provided educators with:
• A Definition and Description of the key characteristics of Competence-
Based Learning (CBL)
• A research basis for competence-based learning
• A wide variety of case-study models of competence-based education
from around the world.
•Profiles of how successful learners across many domains have
developed competencies that have enabled them to create significant
contributions that shape our world.
Why do human beings learn?
In 1974, Jerome Bruner, the cognitive psychologist, attempted to answer this
question in an essay titled, ‘ The Will to Learn’ in his book Toward a Theory of
Instruction. While engaged in his studies of the developmental behavior of
little children, he noticed that children have three intrinsic motives to learn
anything. He further commented: