Transversal Competences as Theoretical and Applied Approaches in the Training of Teachers

By Carmen Florescu.

Published by The International Journal of Adult, Community and Professional Learning

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The qualification of a teacher consists in obtaining two types of competences: the subject-specific competences and the transversal, or generic ones. While the first category describes what do we know on the basis of a first, second or third degree in a particular field of knowledge, the transferable competences help us prepare for our future role in society in terms of employability and citizenship. In Romanian literature, they are described as reference points for the development of curricula because they allow flexibility and autonomy in curriculum design. Typical examples include: ability for abstract thinking, analysis and synthesis, ability to apply knowledge in practical situations, ability to plan and manage time, knowledge and understanding of the subject area and understanding of the profession, communication skills, and many more. I consider that these types of competences in particular are relevant to the ongoing professional and personal development of teachers, mainly because they will continue to be developed throughout one’s career. My PhD thesis is based on the study of transversal competences as theoretical and applied approaches in the training of teachers. Some of my research conclusions are presented here.

Keywords: Transversal Competences, Training, Curriculum Design

The International Journal of Adult, Community and Professional Learning, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp.21-29. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 723.339KB).

Mrs. Carmen Florescu

PhD Student, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania

I am a PhD Student at University of Bucharest, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences and I am approaching the final conclusions of my thesis. The Learner Conference in an opportunity for me to present my research work and to discuss new ways needed in our present day society for a new development of teachers in Romania and elsewhere.