Challenging competency-based evaluation - some lessons from Sports Performance

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Challenging competency-based evaluation - some lessons from Sports Performance

By: CGMDPublished on: 11/11/2015
Dr Veronica Burke has recently joint-authored a paper entitled "The Illusion of Competency Versus the Desirability of Expertise: Seeking a Common Standard for Support Professions in Sport", which was published in the Journal 'Sports Medicine' earlier this year (2015, Volume 45, Issue 1: pages 1-7). The paper challenges the competency method of evaluation for support professions and promotes an alternative, expertise-focused approach. The expertise approach goes beyond the use of competency-based systems to evaluate and facilitate capacity for more elaborative and adaptive thinking, judgement and growth. The paper suggests that bodies responsible for professional development need to lead a long overdue and widespread shift from competency-driven to expert practice across the spectrum of science and coaching in sport. Such an approach resonates with important characteristics of professions elsewhere whilst also providing for the essential 'shades of grey' inherent in work with human participants.

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