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On the differences between literacies, skills and competencies

On the differences between literacies, skills and competencies | Dyslexia, Literacy, and New-Media Literacy | Scoop.it
The differences between literacies, skills and competencies shouldn’t merely be glossed over and ignored. These differences are important.

 

Literacies

Literacy is the ability to read and write. Traditionally, this has meant the ability to read and write using paper as the mediating technology. However, we now have many and varied technologies requiring us to ‘read’ and ‘write’ in different ways. As a result we need multiple literacies.

Because literacy depends upon context and particular mediating technologies there is, to my mind, no one literacy to ‘rule them all’. Literacy is a condition, not a threshold.

Skills

A skill is a controlled activity (such as a physical action) that an individual has learned to perform. There are general skills (often called transferable skills) as well as domain-specific skills.

Skills are subject to objective thresholds. So, for example, badges awarded by Scouting organisations signify the reaching of a pre-determined level of skill in a particular field.

Competencies

A competence is a collection of skills for a pre-defined purpose. Often the individual with the bundle of skills being observed or assessed has not defined the criteria by which he or she is deemed to be ‘competent’.

Competencies have the semblance of objectivity but are dependent upon subjective judgements by another human being (or beings) who observe knowledge, skills and behaviours.

 

Read more,

http://dougbelshaw.com/blog/2012/07/12/on-the-important-differences-between-literacies-skills-and-competencies/#.UAKMPo5aRjs

 


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What Does It Mean To Be Literate In The 21st Century?

What Does It Mean To Be Literate In The 21st Century? | Dyslexia, Literacy, and New-Media Literacy | Scoop.it
Is it time to re-think the list of life skills that we want our kids to know?

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Dr. Susan Bainbridge's comment, June 30, 2012 1:39 PM
Glad you enjoyed this article David.
Dr. Susan Bainbridge's comment, June 30, 2012 1:48 PM
So glad you enjoyed this article, Deborah.
@DebMillar24 's comment, June 30, 2012 1:57 PM
Thank you :) Keep them coming