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January 2020: New Projects permits

ELMaWi-Transfer – Fostering subject-specific competencies of prospective teachers using video-based ELMaWi Tools

The research proposal “ELMaWi-Transfer - Fostering subject-specific competencies of prospective mathematics and economics teachers using video-based ELMaWi tools” by the Chair of Business Education (Dr. Christiane Kuhn, Prof. Dr. Olga Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, Hannes Saas) has been positively evaluated and recommended for further funding by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The transfer project was submitted in cooperation with the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education in Kiel (Department of Mathematics Education) and represents a continuation of the successful joint ELMaWi project (https://www.eng.elmawi.de/). The expected project start date is 1 July 2020.

Contact: christiane.kuhn@uni-mainz.de; hannes.saas@uni-mainz.de

KoKoHs-Map:Mapping Competency Acquisition in Higher Education and its Influences (2020 – 2020)

The research proposal “KoKoHs-Map: Map of Competence Acquisition in Higher Education and Its Influencing Factors. A Meta-Study on the Results of the KoKoHs Funding Initiative (2011-2020)" by the Chair of Business and Economics Education (Prof. Dr. Olga Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, Miriam Toepper) has been positively evaluated and recommended for further funding by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The project was submitted in cooperation with the HU Berlin (Prof. Dr. Hans Anand Pant) and represents a continuation of the successful joint KoKoHs project. The project starts on 1 January 2020.

Numerous competence models and test procedures have been developed within the scope of the KoKoHs funding initiatives since 2011. Using these validated instruments, the 39 project consortia surveyed students' competencies in a broad range of subjects and across disciplines. In KoKoHs, an (inter)nationally unique database on the level, acquisition and development of students' competences was created. This data is being meta-analytically evaluated in the BMBF-funded collaborative project "KoKoHs-Map“ to gain cross-project insights into academic competence acquisition. The aim is to create a differentiated research map on the acquisition of students’ competencies and their key influencing factors

Contact: info@kompetenzen-im-hochschulsektor.de

PLATO: Funding by the German Federal State Rhineland-Palatinate

PLATO has been granted funding by the German federal state Rhineland-Palatinate, starting in 2019 up until 2023. The research platform is funded at the University of Mainz and is subject to regular evaluation. The aim of the research platform is to consolidate and focus the cooperation in PLATO on the basis of third-party-funded collaborative programs.


20.09.2019:  Lecture for Chinese delegation

Dr. Roland Happ (Chair of Business and Economic Education Prof. Dr. Olga Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia) gave a lecture on behalf of the Federal Association for Economic Development and Foreign Trade in Mainz on 04.09.2019 in front of a delegation of 20 university professors. The delegation comes from the Guangdong Agriculture Industry Business Polytechnic College in China. The topic of the lecture was the economic knowledge of German and Chinese students.


06.09.2019: Announcement

On October 14th 2019 an internal research colloquium of the Chairs of Business and Economics Education will take place. Therefore, the secretariats and offices will not be available on this day.


06.09.2019: Announcement

The secretariat of the chair of Prof. Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia will not be available during October 7th till 11th 2019. In urgent cases, please get in contact with the staff or via mail: lstroitschanskaia@uni-mainz.de


06.09.2019: Announcement of publication

Zlatkin -Troitschanskaia, O., Jitomirski, J., Happ, R., Molerov, D., Schlax, J., Kühling-Thees, C., Förster, M. & Brückner, S. (2019). Validating a Test for Measuring Knowledge and Understanding of Economics Among University Students. Zeitschrift für Pädagogische Psychologie, 32(2), 119–133.


University students' knowledge and understanding of economics have mostly been investigated cross-sectionally; however, longitudinal analyses are needed to determine which factors influence knowledge development and to draw valid conclusions based on test results. In the WiWiKom II project, a quasi-experimental longitudinal study was conducted assessing bachelor students of business and economics over the course of their studies in Germany (N = 39 universities). In this project, running from 2016 – 2019, the test-takers complete the WiWiKom II-test of economic knowledge (adapted TUCE4G and TEL4G items) and a general cognitive ability test (BEFKI 11) at four measurement points, each one year apart. In this paper, we describe the validation of the test instrument based on the data from the first measurement (winter semester 2016/17). We compare students' results on the economic knowledge test and the general cognitive abilities test between first-year students of economic sciences (N = 3,710) and social sciences (N = 1,347) to determine the discriminant validity of the economic knowledge test. The findings from the confirmatory factor analyses presented here show that the items on general cognitive ability and economic knowledge are empirically separable. As expected, there were no differences in the factorial structure between the comparison groups (economic vs. social science students) at the beginning of their studies.


30.08.2019: 12. – 13. September 2019: International Conference on "Modeling and Measuring Competencies in Higher Education – Validation and Methodological Innovations (KoKoHs)"

The scientific transfer project of the research program “KoKoHs: Modeling and Measuring Competencies in Higher Education – Validation and Methodological Innovations” cordially invites you to our international conference on September 12-13, 2019, at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany.

At the conference, the main results of the KoKoHs program will be presented and critically discussed with world-renowned international experts. We aim to encourage debates on the practical use of developed models and instruments as well as on conceptional and methodological innovation in competency assessment. One focus will be on national and international perspectives on transferring the validated test instruments into practice. We provide an outlook on the next working phase, in which the KoKoHs competence measurement instruments will be transferred into university practice.

The conference will take place on September 12-13, 2019, starting at 10:00 AM at the Helmholtz Institute at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.
Participation in the conference is free of charge, and registration is possible until September 2, 2019, by sending us a brief e-mail: info@kompetenzen-im-hochschulsektor.de
For further information, please see our conference program attached.

We are looking forward to your attendance.


30.08.2019: Announcement of publication

Klein, P., Küchemann, S., Brückner, S., Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, O., & Kuhn, J. (2019). Student understanding of graph slope and area under a curve: A replication study comparing first-year physics and economics students. Physical Review Physics Education Research, 15(2), 1-17.



In this eye-tracking study, we compared graph comprehension between economics and physics students. The findings broadly confirm that both groups of students have the same visit duration on the graphs, consequently proving total dwell time to be an inadequate predictor of performance. We identify that attention on concept-specific areas of interest within the graphs discriminates the correct from the incorrect performers. Furthermore, we analyzed the confidence level of the two student groups and found that physics students have a higher ability to correctly judge their own performance compared to economics students. Overall, our results highlight the importance of an instructional adjustment towards a more mathematical- and graphical-based education.


24.08.2019: Announcement of publication

Jeschke, C., Kuhn, C., Lindmeier, A., Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, O., Saas, H. & Heinze, A. (2019). What is the Relationship Between Knowledge in Mathematics and Knowledge in Economics? Investigating the professional knowledge of (pre-service) teachers trained in two subjects. Zeitschrift für Pädagogik, 4, 511-524. https://dx.doi.org/10.3262/ZP1904511


Content knowledge (CK) and pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) are considered key aspects of teacher competence. Although teacher education and training programs across disciplines focus on the development of CK and PCK, there is little evidence of whether teachers trained in two subjects benefit from reciprocal effects between knowledge in these subjects. To approach this question, we investigated the correlation between the CK and PCK in mathematics and economics of N = 96 pre- and in-service teachers trained in both subjects. We found a substantial correlation between CK and PCK within a subject and between corresponding knowledge components across subjects, with CK in mathematics related also to PCK in economics. We found that although teachers’ professional knowledge structure mirrored domains, CK in mathematics could be useful for teaching economics.


08.08.2019: Announcement

The Chair for Business and Economics Education of Prof. Dr. Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia will be represented again this year with several presentations and symposia at the following international conferences: 18th Biennial EARLI Conference (12-16 August 2019, Aachen), WERA 2019 Focal Meeting (05-08 August 2019, Tokyo) as well as at the Annual Conference of the Section Vocational and Business Education (BWP) (25-27 September 2019, Graz). Please refer to the respective conference program for further details.


07.07.2019: Visiting Professorship Dr. Roland Happ

Dr. Roland Happ has held a Visiting Professorship at the Mori Arinori Institute for Higher Education and Global Mobility of Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo (Japan) since April 2019. This position supports further intensive cooperation with the Japanese institute.