A Conceptual Framework for Authentic Competence Assessment in VET: A Logic Design Model

  • Viola DeutscherEmail author
  • Esther Winther
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Authentic assessment of competence remains a central target of VET research; adequate measurement approaches clearly are rare though a prerequisite for accountable systems to authorize access to vocational activities, as well as for international qualification acknowledgment. The chapter outlines a conceptual framework of authentic assessment as well as respective evaluation methods. Though authentic assessment is broadly discussed in scientific literature, coherent definitions and frameworks with respect to the assessment of vocational competence are scant. However, drawing on different streams of authenticity research, it can be suggested to operationalize “authentic competence assessment” by six major key characteristics:
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    Authentic modes of assessment

  2. 2.

    Relevant item sampling

  3. 3.

    Complexity of tasks

  4. 4.

    Staged embedding

  5. 5.

    Process orientation

  6. 6.

    Social interaction


The chapter substantiates these characteristics, places them in a logic assessment model, gives practical implementation examples (commercial domain), and finally introduces adequate evaluation methods by which this framework can be accounted for.


Vocational education Authenticity Assessment Framework Quality 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Economic and Business Education, Vocational TrainingUniversity of MannheimMannheimGermany
  2. 2.Vocational Education and TrainingUniversity of Duisburg-EssenDuisburgGermany

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