Assessment und Training von Scientific Literacy


In the project ASTRALITE, tests for the assessment of student’s competencies when dealing with scientific literature are validated by analyzing the declarative and procedural knowledge that is necessary to employ certain processing strategies. Besides systematic and receptive strategies, epistemic and heuristic strategies are considered. The validation approach is based on training experiments, expert-novice studies, and ecologically valid achievement data.

Aims and Research Questions

The project aims at validating tests for the assessment of competencies university students need when dealing with scientific primary literature. Tests were constructed in the precursor project KOSWO (Students’ Competencies when Dealing with Scientific Primary Literature; see von der Mühlen, Richter, Schmid, Schmidt & Berthold, in press; von der Mühlen, Richter, Schmid, Berthold & Schmidt, in press). A further aim of the project is to adapt the test system for its application in additional academic disciplines.

Project data

Project management:
Dr. Sebastian Schmid (University of Regensburg)
Prof. Dr. Tobias Richter (University of Kassel)
Prof. Dr. Klaus-Peter Wild (University of Regensburg)
Contact (Coordination):
Universität Regensburg
Fakultät für Psychologie und Sportwissenschaft
Universitätsstr. 1, 93053 Regensburg
Time frame:
March 2016 – February 2019