Common Competencies at the College Level : From Theory to Practice
The author of this article focuses on the broad lines of an experiment carried out at Cégep Marie-Victorin with the aim of developing and testing various classroom activities for the teaching and assessment of five common competencies in the Science program, including in the program’s general education component. The common competencies are “Solve problems”, “Use creativity”, “Adapt to new situations”, “Exercise sense of responsibility”, and “Communicate”.
The chosen approach focuses on a way of developing common competencies that promotes in-depth work integrated into, and adapted to, each course. The trial carried out in the Science program, specifically in the philosophy, physical education, math, and physics courses, had positive results. It enabled students to become aware of the development of their competencies, as well as highlighting the need to better equip students for the development of the “Work in teams” competency.
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