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Korean Journal of General Education 2012;6(2):11-42.
Published online June 30, 2012.
A New Direction of Undergraduate General Education: Through a Case Study of Competence-based Education
Sook-Jeong Lee, Soo Jung Lee
대학 교양교육의 방향과 과제
이숙정, 이수정
This study proposes competence-based education as a new direction of general education, investigates S Women’s University’s case, and presents significance and tasks of the change to competence-based general education. It asserts the necessity of competence-based education as follows: first, competence-based education overcomes the conflict between liberal education and vocational education through a combination of the two needs; second, it proposes a new approach to knowledge and new teaching methods, criticizing the traditional curriculum focused on knowledge; and third, it links between general education and specialized education by solving the limits of the existing school curriculum. This study examines the competence-based education program of S Women’s University as a case. The university has two types of required general education program, ‘Competence Development Course I ’ and ‘Competence Development Course II ’, through which students can develop basic and key competencies. It also evaluates students’ competencies with SM-CLA(SM-Collegiate Learning Assessment), and offers upgrade courses for improvement of cognitive and social competencies. The paper shows the result of SM-CLA and the effect of upgrade courses. On the basis of the case study, it suggests that competence-based education should be based upon intrinsic value of general education, be connected with the existing academic curriculum, and make continuous efforts for developing teaching methods and instructors’ competencies.
Key Words: general education, competence-based general education, Collegiate Learning Assessment, competence development program


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