Product- and Process Oriented Modeling and Assessment of Self-Regulation Competencies in Higher Education – Further Validation

Research Questions

Kultusministerkonferenz der Länder, 2005). At the same time, they are already of great importance during tertiary education, as it is expected of students to acquire an extensive body of knowledge, to monitor their own learning processes and to overcome motivational problems while studying. Thus, self-regulation competencies are both a requirement and a result of successful university education, and moreover, the foundation for lifelong learning (cf. Artelt, Baumert, Julius-McElvany, & Peschar, 2003).

Resting on extensive work on theoretical concepts as well as explaining, capturing and promoting competencies of self-regulated learning, a model of self-regulation competencies in higher education and several innovative measuring instruments (Situational Judgement Test, Standardized Diaries, Competence-Performance-Assessment) have been developed in the joint research project PRO-SRL.

The joint-research project of the University of Augsburg, the University of Vienna and the Technical University Darmstadt now concentrates on the further validation of the competence model and the developed measuring instruments. The focus lies on validity evidences from different sources, mainly convergent, discriminant and criterial evidence (cf. Joint Committee on the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing, 2014). Therefore, a series of correlative and experimental studies will be conducted. In this context, the development of trainings is planned, which can be implemented in the university setting on a low threshold level and can be adapted to the needs of students and the institutional requirements of higher education.


The main objective of the research project is the further validation and extended examination of the competence model (cf. “Theoretical Framework”) and the derived measuring instruments (Situational Judgement Test, Standardized Diaries, Competence-Performance-Assessment). To achieve this objective, a series of quantitative empirical studies is intended, which will be established in three fields of studies to ensure generalizability (cf. “Design and Method”).

Project Data and Contact Information

Project management:
Prof. Dr. Markus Dresel (University of Augsburg)
Prof. Dr. Christiane Spiel (University of Vienna)
Prof. Dr. Barbara Schober (University of Vienna)
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Schmitz (Technical University Darmstadt)

Time frame:
October 2015 – September 2018