Implications of Competence/Learning Outcomes-Based VET Curriculum Reforms for the Vocational Teachers and Trainers in Italy and Lithuania

Authors: Vaitkute, Lina; Perini, Marco; Tacconi, Giuseppe

Competence-based education (CBE) has become a world-wide leading principle for curriculum development. Looking from European policy level perspective, despite conceptual criticism, the notion of competencies and learning outcomes in EU policy documents has safeguarded CBE positions for upcoming years. This paper aims to explore how the practices of vocational teachers and trainers change due to introduction of competence-based qualifications and learning outcomes-based curricula. It does so by discussing how current international developments in VET curriculum reform are represented in Italian and Lithuanian contexts, summarises the fresh perspectives towards CBE and discusses implications of CBE for everyday vocational teachers’ and trainers’ practices.