Competencies are practical, flexible, observable, and measurable (Stratford, 1994). To be practical, a competency must consist of a manageable number of subskills. To be flexible, it must allow for a variety of approaches. This allows students to follow through with the task in a manner that best suits their development and the circumstances or that most effectively addresses the research topic.
After relevant skills are determined, a method of measuring designated target behaviors is developed. For example, competency in the administration of the Wechsler Scale may be verified by use of the Administrative Checklist for the WAIS-III (Sattler & Ryan, 2001). The competency approach understands that a minimal standard must be set and that, if that standard is not met, one is not considered competent (Fantuzzo, 1984).
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