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The Paradox of More Flexibility in Education: Better Control of Educational Activities as a Prerequisite for More Flexibility

Abstract : The paradigm shift towards competency-based education in the Netherlands has a logical counterpart: the need for more flexibility in the curricula. After all, in competency-based education it is recognized that learning not only takes place in designated places (school, university), but may happen every time when the learner is confronted with a challenge. This observation leads to the necessity to incorporate the learning outcomes of formal and informal education in one curriculum. As a result, the educational process becomes more complex and must be better structured to control the individual learning outcomes. In this paper we discuss this paradox: how more flexibility in the program creates the need for more control in the process. We also discuss what kind of IT-tools are helpful in controlling flexibility in curricula for higher professional education.
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Henk Plessius, Pascal Ravesteyn. The Paradox of More Flexibility in Education: Better Control of Educational Activities as a Prerequisite for More Flexibility. IFIP TC 3 International Conference on Key Competencies in the Knowledge Society (KCKS) / Held as Part of World Computer Congress (WCC), Sep 2010, Brisbane, Australia. pp.301-309, ⟨10.1007/978-3-642-15378-5_29⟩. ⟨hal-01054691⟩

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