Beyond the current political economy of competence development

Bidragets oversatte titel: Hinsides kompetenceudviklingens herskende politiske økonomi

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    Abstract

    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.
    Bidragets oversatte titelHinsides kompetenceudviklingens herskende politiske økonomi
    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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