chapter  2
Competence, Procedures, and Hardware: Conceptual and Empirical Considerations
ByWillis F. Overton
Pages 24

What is competence? There are two necessary features of competence that require recognition at the outset of any discussion. First, competence is a type of explanation, not a type of description. A competence explanation is characterized by being normative and abstract. Competence refers to an idealization of the organization, pattern, design, form, or structure of the event or system being explained. Thus, competence is explanation from pattern or design .