Beyond the current political economy of competence development

Bidragets oversatte titel: Hinsides kompetenceudviklingens herskende politiske økonomi

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    Competence is a concept imported into the adult and continuing education arena from
    the psychological terminology of human resource development in work organizations. It
    has been elevated to a societal and political level as part of a new discursive regime.
    This article points out the significance of the particular circumstances in which the
    competence discourse has emerged, and argues for its critical investigation within a
    Marxist framework. A new discourse of learning and competence reflects a new
    material dependency of capital(ism) on the concrete quality of work and workers,
    requiring a total program of learning for work. This opens a new arena of political
    struggle over the direction of learning processes and the participation of workers in
    work and society. The socio-economic realities and a new understanding of the
    interrelationship between knowledge, skills, learning and practice central to the
    competence concept, raises a potential issue about the role of work and the living
    worker in a capitalist economy. This requires a re-development of the notion of
    economy based in the value and interest of working people, and enabled by the full
    development of the competences of the workers themselves. A notion of the “political
    economy of working people” is proposed as a framework for investigating the
    potentials of competence development for enhanced democracy.
    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    TidsskriftEuropean Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults
    Vol/bind4
    Udgave nummer2
    Sider (fra-til)153-170
    ISSN2000-7426
    DOI
    StatusUdgivet - okt. 2013

    Emneord

    • kompetence
    • kvalifikation
    • politisk økonomi

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    I: European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults, Bind 4, Nr. 2, 10.2013, s. 153-170.

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