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Book Review on Teaching for Competence

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Book Review on Teaching for Competence

For my book review I chose Teaching for Competence by Norman Higgins and Howard Sullivan. The authors feel that teachers and students will teach and learn more effectively by using C.B.I. or Competency based instruction.

When using the C.B.I. approach teachers will clearly state to students the defined objectives, give effective types of instruction, and lastly teachers will assess the students.

When preparing your own objectives they need to be stated to the students in a written form where the students can identify with these objectives over the course of study. The class's activities may be included in a summary but should not be confused with the written objective. The authors also suggest, that objectives should be worthwhile as well as clearly stated to the students. When writing objectives there are certain verbs that can be used to help convey meaning. For example, when used in test instructions the verb ‘select' directs students to perform an observable and measurable specific action as opposed to a verb that might describe an internal state such as ‘analyze'. The teacher can determine what content she should apply to the objective. The objective needs to be a skill that the student could use in life and be able to use in content.

Competency based instruction should lead to effective instruction by the teacher. Therefore, if the teacher gives proper instruction to the students, then they will in turn gain some measure of competency. In summarizing this section of the book, effective instruction should be presented in a clear and concise manner. The teacher should provide practice and feed back responses in order to meet the objective that has been stated.
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