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Evaluation Skills

Evaluation skills for systematic decision-making in complex situations of sustainable development


Research Associate

Stephan Teschner, Georg-August Universität Göttingen


Project Management

Prof. Dr. Susanne Bögeholz, Georg-August Universität Göttingen

Dr. Sabina Eggert, Georg-August Universität Göttingen

Prof. Dr. Marcus Hasselhorn, Deutsches Institut für Internationale Pädagogische Forschung (DIPF)

Prof. Dr. Rainer Watermann, Freie Universität Berlin





Funding Period

2007 - 2013


Project Description

What enables persons to make systematic and well-founded decisions in terms of sustainable development in complex situations? This constitutes a focal question with regard to the national educational standards for the subject biology. The project aims to provide a fundament for the theoretically derived Göttingen model of assessment competence. Accordingly, competence assessment consists of four different dimensions:

  • knowing and understanding sustainable development
  • knowing and understanding values and norms
  • generating and reflecting factual information
  • assessing, deciding and reflecting

In how far can we identify indicators of these different competences? What are the relationships between the competences? How can the competence of assessment be represented in a cognitive diagnostic model? The core of the project is the psychometric modeling of the competence of assessment and its different dimensions respectively, their validation and the development of appropriate measurement procedures.




  • Eggert, S. & Bögeholz, S. (2010). Students' Use of Decision Making Strategies with regard to Socioscientific Issues - An Application of the Rasch Partial Credit Model. Science Education, 94, 230-258.

  • Gausmann, E., Eggert, S. Hasselhorn, M., Watermann, R. & Bögeholz, S. (2010). Wie verarbeiten Schülerinnen und Schüler Sachinformationen in Problem- und Entscheidungssituationen Nachhaltiger Entwicklung - Ein Beitrag zur Bewertungskompetenz [Students’ processing of factual information in problem and decision making situations: a contribution to students´ socioscientific decision making competence]. Zeitschrift für Pädagogik [German Journal of Educational Science], Beiheft 56, S. 204-215.

  • Eggert, S., Bögeholz, S., Watermann, R. & Hasselhorn, M. (2010). Förderung von Bewertungskompetenz im Biologieunterricht durch zusätzliche metakognitiven Strukturierungshilfen beim Kooperativen Lernen – Ein Beispiel für Veränderungsmessung [The effects of metacognitive instruction on students´ socioscientific decision making – an exemplary procedure for measurement of change]. Zeitschrift für Didaktik der Naturwissenschaften [Journal of the didactics of science education], 16, 241-256.