Skills: Importance, Scope and Relevance

  • Douglas Bourn


There has been a resurgence of interest in numerous policy initiatives around the world to make reference to equipping learners with the skills and competencies to engage effectively in the globalised economies and societies of today. Bourn reviews these debates and gives a rationale for the value of the term skills over that of competencies. The chapter clarifies how the concept of skills will be explored and used within the volume. This will include discussions on different ways in which the term ‘skills’ is interpreted. Bourn questions what he calls an artificial distinction between soft and people related skills and harder and more technically based skills. Skills are proposed as needing to incorporate both elements and to be located within specific social and cultural contexts.


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  • Douglas Bourn
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  1. 1.Development Education Research CentreUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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