What is our motivation for assessing economic competence?
In the field of business and economics - by far the most popular field of study in Germany - there are hardly any studies and German-language instruments that are suitable for assessing domain-specific competence in the context of higher education. However, the literature on the reform of study models at German universities always mentions that "competences" should be taught and acquired by students.
What is the goal of WiWiKom I and II?
One objective of the WiWiKom project, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, is to record economic expertise. For this purpose, internationally proven test instruments have been translated and adapted to the German language and cultural area within the WiWiKom I project. In WiWiKom II, the development of students' economic expertise is examined over the course of their studies on the basis of the findings gained before.
What is the goal of WiWiSET?
The aim of the WiWiSET project is to identify factors for predicting the success and drop-out of studies in the field of economics. As a special feature it should be emphasized that drop-outs will be considered even after leaving the university and will not get out of the focus of the study panel. In addition to prognostic validation, the empirical differentiability between economically-related study entrance competences and general cognitive abilities is examined (discriminatory validation). It is expected that even if the explanatory contributions of the subject-unspecific predictors such as intelligence and grade of the higher education entrance qualification have already been used, significant variance parts of the domain-specific academic achievements will still be clarified (incremental validation).
What are our target groups?
In our projects, students from various disciplines at universities and colleges or universities of applied sciences are interviewed (e.g. economics, MBAs etc.).