Designing a Tool to Assess Professional Competences: Theoretical Foundations and Potential Applications

Fahrenbach, Florian and Kaiser, Alexander and Kragulj, Florian and Kerschbaum, Clemens (2019) Designing a Tool to Assess Professional Competences: Theoretical Foundations and Potential Applications. In: Proceedings of the 20th European Conference on Knowledge Management. Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited, Reading, UK. pp. 1-10. ISBN 978-1-912764-33-4


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This conceptual paper outlines the descriptive theoretical foundations or kernel theories for designing an information and communication technology (ICT) tool to assess professional competences in the Austrian trade and craft sector. Upon completion, the ICT-tool serves as a boundary object in which applicants and assessors can interact. While this paper consists of a literature review and conceptual discussion, the overall project is methodologically placed within a multidisciplinary design-science paradigm. Design science scaffolds and structures the development of a theoretical model, the generation of assessment-items and the ICT-tool itself. This paper discusses the necessary descriptive knowledge or kernel theories on which the design of the ICT-tool rests. First, we describe the validation of prior learning - a process advocated by the European Union to make professional competences visible. Second, we describe the process how professional competences come about: through formal, non-formal and informal learning. Subsequently, we outline a knowledge-driven discourse on professional competences and discuss how different definitions of professional competence afford different approaches for its assessment. By presenting a use-case, we outline how the ICT-tool may guide applicants and assessors through this process.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: professional competences, assessment of competences, learning outcomes, validation of prior learning, design science, ICT-tool
Divisions: Departments > Informationsverarbeitung u Prozessmanag. > Informationswirtschaft > Polleres
Version of the Document: Published
Variance from Published Version: None
Depositing User: Florian Fahrenbach
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2019 10:35
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2019 16:04


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