European Journal of Training and Development – Special Issue: Competence-based training

Volume 41 Issue 1
Published: 2016
European Journal of Training and Development
ISSN: 204



Carrying out studies on competence-based training for career development–introduction to the special issue

With the changes related to the invention and the introduction of new technological devices (Weatherbee, 2010), most notably, the internet (Torkzadeh and Van Dyke, 2002), to the economic crisis (Utting et al., 2012) and to different patterns of social life (Tyler,
2002), our modern society has been defined as information society (Webster, 2002), knowledge society (Hargreaves, 2003) and even liquid society (Bauman, 2000, 2011). Do these labels have a meaning or are they a way of hiding phenomena rather than defining them? In any case, they tend to be taken seriously, at least from the point of view of research. As for the relationship between the information and communication technology and the world of education and training, it is interesting to note the existence
at present, as a sign of the times, of the Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society. In this framework, such a concept as lifelong learning is considered to be important for both work and personal development (Sartori and Ceschi, 2013). In fact, lifelong learning is
traditionally considered to be an appropriate response to changes (Gibbs, 2007) and a key lever for adaptation and development (Smidt and Sursock, 2011), both individual and organizational (Roland, 2010; Western, 2010), as it can be the means by which people go on learning new things (Field, 2006); acquiring competences (Shandler, 2000); making meaning, gaining wisdom and expertise (Jarvis, 2009); and adapting to different conditions
(International Labour Organization, 2000) and developing while growing (Commission of the European Communities, 2007)… Download the full Guest Editorial (Giuseppe Tacconi Riccardo Sartori)

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