Competence based education: from school to responsible citizenship, wellbeing and democracy

Guest Editors


• Stefania Bocconi, ITD-CNR, Italy

• Stefano Cacciamani, Università della Valle d’Aosta, Italy

• Romina Cachia, JRC - EU, Spain

• Arianna Sala, JRC - EU, Spain

• Nadia Sansone, Unitelma - La Sapienza Roma, Italy


Important dates


• Deadline: January 31, 2023 -> March 7, 2023 (new hard deadline)
• Notification to the authors: April 30, 2023
• Camera ready paper: May 20, 2023
• Publication of the special issue: tentatively June 2023




The transition to Content and Curricula based Education to the Competence based ones is a challenge and, at the same time, an opportunity for the entire world to promote sustainable development and lifestyles together with “human rights, gender equality, the culture of peace and nonviolence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity”.

To fully grasp such opportunity, national and regional governments need to renew educational practices to promote key competences beyond the curricular ones and equip the students not only with digital skills but with a full set of life skills to make them grow as responsible citizens capable to contribute to societal wellbeing, to the safeguard of the democracy and the achievements of the SDGs, taking advantage also of the ICT infrastructures.

Not by chance, in the last years, major training agencies and regulatory documents at EU and at international level have been pushing in this direction. 

For example, the European Commission, in collaboration with international experts, has developed frameworks to set a common language to describe the key competences (DigComp 2.2., EntreComp, LifeComp, DigCompOrg, DigCompEdu and GreenComp) and has developed tools to further empower education stakeholders to foster digital competences at school (SELFIE and SELFIEforTEACHERS) with more or less incisive repercussions on national policies.

This special issue intends to promote reflections and studies on visions, frameworks and key enabling factors to make competence based education effective and inclusive to achieve the aforementioned goals. 

How can the implementation of competence-based education be supported? What are the enablers and challenges for such education? How can targeted research and exchange of knowledge contribute to advance competence-based education? How can competence frameworks inform policy monitoring and policy making? How can we intercept the requests for a real transformation of educational practices in a cultural and constructivist perspective? How is possible to fully exploit the potential of digital technologies to support the development of life skills? What are the appropriate contents and methods to train teachers for a full implementation of competence based learning? How should competences be recognized and certified? How can the impact and effectiveness of competenciesframeworks be measured?


Topics of Interest


Topics of interest are focused on theoretical frameworks, policies, methods of inquiry, innovative practices in competence based education (cbe) and other topics such as:

• Competence based frameworks for education

• New educational models and/or innovative programs for cbe 

• Competence based LLL 

• Certification of competences and portfolios

• Cbe for responsible citizenship, social innovation and SDGs

• Trainings for students in different educational contexts

• Trainings for teachers in different educational contexts

• Sharing & participatory practices of cbe 

• Innovative methods of inquiry in the field of cbe

• Models and strategies for the assessment of cbe

• Digital technologies supporting progresses in cbe

• Networking for cbe

• Public policy for cbe 

• Transformative perspectives of cbe

• Good practices from cbe


Submission procedure 


All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication.

The manuscripts should be submitted anonymized either in .doc or in .pdf format. 
All papers will be blindly peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers. Prospective participants are invited to submit a 8-20 pages paper (including authors' information, abstract, all tables, figures, references, etc.). 
The paper should be written according to the IxD&A authors' guidelines .

Submission page -> link
(when submitting the paper please choose the section: 'SI: Competence based education')

For scientific advices and for any query please contact the guest-editor: 

• bocconi [at] itd [dot] cnr [dot] it

• s  [dot] cacciamani [at] univda [dot] it

• romina [dot] cachia [at] ec [dot] europa [dot] eu  

• arianna [dot] sala [at] ec [dot] europa [dot] eu  

• nadia [dot] sansone [at] unitelmasapienza [dot] it

marking the subject as: IxD&A special issue on Competence based education.