Generic Competency Frameworks: A Brief Historical Overview

J. Young, Elaine Chapman

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Significant efforts have now been made to identify the generic competencies required to succeed across different workplace contexts. The aims of this paper were to: (i) outline factors that contributed to the increased demand for generic competencies seen over the last three decades; and (ii) review the early generic competency frameworks developed in Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada, the UK, and other European countries. It is concluded that whilst there were significant areas of commonality amongst the frameworks, regional differences were also apparent. The paper provides a historical context for more recent research into the generic competencies that should be emphasized within tertiary-level education and training curricula.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-24
JournalEducation Research and Perspectives
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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