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Caribbean Journal of Education

Benefits of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Competency-based Education and Training

Publication Date: 
April 2009

Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) is one aspect of the general education system that focuses specifically on preparing students for employment. The availability of information and communication technology (ICT) tools has significantly changed the needs of students and the demands of the workplace. In order to prepare students to function effectively in a technology-driven work environment, the TVET curricula must be revised to incorporate ICT both as a subject of instruction and as a tool for facilitating instruction. One of the ways through which this can be facilitated is to incorporate ICT into approaches to training that have been adopted by TVET programmes. Competency-based education and training (CBET) is an approach to TVET that focuses on the practical application of knowledge, skills and attitudes on the job. It is premised on the notion that all students have the potential to learn, provided that the instructional environment is conducive to learning. This paper examines ways in which ICT tools can be used to create learning environments required to facilitate the delivery of CBET courses. 

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