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Being a Teacher: Reading 15. Outcomes-based Education in the Context of Three Kinds of Knowledge

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With all the talk of teaching towards the achievement of competency and
skills in the wake of outcomes-based education in South Africa, it is easy
to forget that these should not be taught in a vacuum, or to the exclusion
of other forms of knowledge. In addition to knowing ‘how to’ do
something, we also need to ‘know that’ (content knowledge) and know
how to form a judgement about issues (values and dispositions).
In this article, Mark Mason, one of the authors of this module, argues that
it is vital to integrate all three forms of knowledge – propositional
knowledge (‘knowing that’), procedural knowledge (‘knowing how’), and
dispositional knowledge (knowing what our purpose is and whether it is

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