Episode 17: Talking Competency-based Education with Dr. Jim Tucker

Episode 17: February 27, 2014

In this episode, I interview Dr. Jim Tucker who currently holds the McKee Chair of Excellence in Learning at University of Tennessee Chattanooga.  He is professor in the School Learning and Leadership Program as well as being a faculty member of the School-Psychology Program. Dr. Tucker has had a long, illustrious career in education. He started out in education as a K-12 teacher.  He has served as the Director of the Bureau of Special Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education as well as the Director of Federal Programs for the Department of Special Education, Texas Education Agency. He has been at UTC since 2001. Prior to UTC he was a professor at Andrews University.

Dr. Tucker has been involved in the design, development, and implementation of doctoral level programs that follow a competency-based approach. In the interview, he discusses his views on competency-based education. The interview covers a number of issues related to competency-based education.

An interesting fact about Dr. Tucker: He is an avid ornithologist. He is the founder of the American Birding Association.

You will notice that there is no video with this interview. Sometimes technology doesn’t work out like one would hope it does!