The competency-based curriculum approach. An analysis of the LOMLOE

El enfoque del currículo por competencias. Un análisis de la LOMLOE

Francisco López Rupérez


* Organic Law 3/2020, of 29 December, which amends Organic Law 2/2006, of 3 May, on Education.

The competency-based curriculum ap­proach is an international focus that embodies a trait which is widely shared around the world in today’s educational scenario. It is deemed a response to the challenges faced by societies today, in the era of modern globalisation and the fourth industrial revolution. In Spain, the recently passed Organic Law Amending the Law on Education (hereinafter, LOMLOE) has developed legislation that is now reaching the curriculum. Therefore, it is appropriate to analyse such legislation. This is the purpose of this paper, which describes some of the in­stitutional history behind this curriculum re­form movement; the humanistic component of the movement, which remains connected to so-called “liberal education” while broadening its perspectives, is specified; certain elements of the ideological controversy around this new curricular approach and its rendering in the new law are described; a critical analysis of the conceptual foundations of the new structure is made and its limitations are indicated; atten­tion is drawn to the central role of evaluation of learning outcomes and the paper ends with a succinct conclusion.



Please, cite this article as follows: López Rupérez, F. (2022). El enfoque del currículo por competencias. Un análisis de la LOMLOE | The competency-based curriculum approach. An analysis of the LOMLOE. Revista Española de Pedagogía, 80 (281), xxx-xxx.

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Francisco López Rupérez has a Doctorate in Physical Sciences and holds a Secondary School Chair. He is currently Director of the Chair in Educational Poli­cies at the Universidad Camilo José Cela. He has been Director of the Liceo Español de París, Director General of Educational Centres of Spain’s Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports, Secretary General for Education and Professional Training in the same ministry, and President of the State School Council. He has writ­ten more than a dozen books and over a hundred articles in Spanish and foreign journals.

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