Modeling and Measuring Competencies in Higher Education

Tasks and Challenges

  • Sigrid Blömeke
  • Olga Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia
  • Christiane Kuhn
  • Judith Fege

Part of the Professional and Vet Learning book series (PAVL, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
    1. Sigrid Blömeke, Olga Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, Christiane Kuhn, Judith Fege
      Pages 1-10
  2. Theory and Methodology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. D. Royce Sadler
      Pages 13-27
    3. Richard J. Shavelson
      Pages 29-43
  3. Instruments and Studies

  4. Long-Term Outcomes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Rolf van der Velden
      Pages 207-216

About this book

Introduction

Measuring competencies acquired over the course of higher education is an area of research that largely has been neglected. This deficit can be attributed to the complexity of academic competencies since the variety of institutions, programs, occupational fields and job requirements render it difficult to define and even harder to measure outcomes. Thus, assessing the preconditions for and effects of competency development is a challenge methodologically. In this book, a comprehensive review of the international state of research on modeling and measuring competencies in higher education across several academic disciplines is presented, along with an evaluation of the field’s strengths and weaknesses. Renowned experts share insight into the most important recent research projects and point out controversies and challenges. Competencies are regarded as context-specific dispositions acquired and required to cope successfully with domain-specific situations and tasks. However, the range of these dispositions is controversial. Should only cognitive facets be included or is it important to consider attitudes as well? Insufficient response rates and panel attrition are further challenges, as are the limitations of paper-and-pencil approaches to the complex measurement of higher education outcomes. Thus, this book may serve as a platform for the exchange of research experiences and perspectives and hopefully will instigate improvements in research into higher education.

Keywords

higher education measuring competencies

Editors and affiliations

  • Sigrid Blömeke
    • 1
  • Olga Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia
    • 2
  • Christiane Kuhn
    • 3
  • Judith Fege
  1. 1.Institute of EducationHumboldt-University of BerlinGermany
  2. 2.Chair of Business EducationJohannes Gutenberg University MainzGermany
  3. 3.Chair of Business EducationJohannes Gutenberg University MainzGermany

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