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Modelling and Measuring Vocational Competences in the Commercial Domain (CoBALIT)

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data, achievement test
  • Winther, Esther
  • Seeber, Susan
  • Weber, Susanne
  • Bley, Sandra
  • Festner, Dagmar
  • Kreuzer, Christine
  • Rudeloff, Michelle
  • Sangmeister, Julia
  • Wiethe-Körprich, Michaela
  • Deutsches Institut für Erwachsenenbildung - Leibniz-Zentrum für Lebenslanges Lernen (DIE)
Other Title
  • CoBALIT - Competencies in the Field of Business and Administration, Learning, Instruction and Transition (Subtitle)
Publication Date
  • Forschungsdatenzentrum (FDZ) am Institut zur Qualitätsentwicklung im Bildungswesen (IQB) / Research Data Centre (FDZ) at the Institute for Educational Quality Improvement (IQB) (Distributor)
Free Keywords
Vocational Competency; Achievement Assessment; Commercial Vocational Training; Vocational Training; Industrial Management Merchants; Industrial Management Assistants; Industrial Clerks; Trainee; Working Process; Business Transaction; Learning Process; Instruction; Competence; Model; Testing Method; Item; Test Development; Modeling; Psychometrics; Test Validity; Computer Based Assessment; Technology-based Testing; Assessment; Transfer; Instrument; Merchant; Haulage Industry; Logistics; Enterprise; Planning; Implementation; Enterprise-aims; Comparison Survey; Germany
  • Abstract

    In the alliance-project “Modelling and Measuring Vocational Competences in the Commercial Domain (CoBALIT)” vocational and vocation related competences are being modelled and measured in selected national and international commercial vocational trainings. On the basis of empirical results and with recourse to social and institutional context factors, explanatory models are being designed in order to be able to make statements especially about vocational learning and instruction processes. The center of the partial projects are on the one hand the development of a technology based instrument which follows the principle “authentic assessments” as well as on the other hand the modelling and measuring of competences from a working and business process perspective. The scheme of the project is distributed among seven full working packages which can be interpreted as complex design and assessment models: (1) Analysis and specification of commercial business processes; (2) Building a validity foundation for recorded constructs in view of commercial business processes; (3) Development of tests and items as well as development of possible answering formats within the framework of the ALUISM-surroundings; (4) Pilot testing of the tests and adaptation of the test-items based on results; (5) Conducting the main study as well as in the aftermath (6) evaluation and processing of the results. While doing this several different psychometric models are being examined. (7) Alliance coordination (the regulation of the science-praxis-cooperation included). (…) The within the partial project “Competence Measurement From a Working and Business Process Perspective as well as Development of the ALUISM-test Surroundings” constructed and validated ALUISM-test surroundings can be used as Personal Learning Environment (PLE) as well as for processes of assessment and instructions. Aims of the partial project “Transfer of the Assessment Proceedings to Other Commercial Professions and Fields of Activity”: In connection with the modelling of professional contents for industrial management merchants it shall be examined whether and in in what way aims, contents and working action can be transferred from one professional working area (industrial management merchants) to another professional working area (e.g. forwarding merchants as well as businessmen / businesswomen EFZ). The within the alliance developed instruments are being adapted to other commercial professions ( forwarding merchants as well as businessmen / businesswomen EFZ). The work schedule includes curricular analysis and comparisons as well as test organization and implementation in Lower Saxony. On a limited scale test adaptations and pilot testing are required for the extended or new test components. The test analysis and evaluation comprise statistical modellings, particularly examination of appropriate testing models, item-analysis (e.g. DIPF-Analysis) as well as report and documentation of the test-items. (…) The partial project “transfer of the assessment proceedings to other commercial professions and fields of activity” commits itself to fully offer the instrument for further use via the client when the project term has finished. The partial project “Planning and Implementation of Projects (Intrapreneurship)” refers to the generation of innovative project ideas as well as to planning and implementation of enterprise-projects after weighing the advantages and disadvantages of the prevailing measures to be taken (Intrapreneurship) (e.g. range arrangement) as well as enterprise relevant strategies and aims. With it (1) typical situations and required competences have been identified and modelled with the help of workspace and literacy analysis, (2) authentic test-items have been model-driven and technology-based processed as well as (3) a corresponding competency and measuring model has been psychometric-assisted identified. (4) Within the framework of a pilot testing the theoretical model and the corresponding test-items were examined with the help of the identified statistical measuring-model. (5) Following an appropriate itempool-adaptation the main examination occurred. With it the test-fairness was determined inter alia through analysis with regard to individual and institutional conditions. After three promotion-years a theory-assisted, valid and reliable competency model for “Intrapreneurship” is available with focus on generation of ideas as well as planning and implementation of enterprise-projects, enterprise-strategies and enterprise-aims. The carefully developed data record, which provides information about the current state of professional competencies – in this context in particular the “Intrapreneur-competency” -, is forming the basis for further analysis: Including the context factors conditions of success to promote innovative thinking and action (in terms of Intrapreneur-competence) can be identified and out of this recommended courses of action for vocational praxis in schools and company can be developed. Additionally effects of general skills, e.g. mathemaics and reading, for construction and extension of Intapeneursip-competence can be visualized. At the same time clues result for further national and international comparison studies.

Temporal Coverage
  • 2014-02-13 / 2014-10-23
  • 2014-01-01 / 2015-05-01
Geographic Coverage
  • Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria, Hesse, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Thuringia
Sampled Universe

Partial Project "Competence Measurement From a Working and Business Process Perspective as well as Development of the ALUISM-test Surroundings": Industrial Clerk Trainees in Year 2 and 3 and Trainees for Haulage and Logistic Services in Year 2 and 3 (N=1664)

Partial Project "Transfer of the Assessment Proceedings to Other Commercial Professions and Fields of Activity": Industrial Clerk Trainees in Year 2 and 3; Trainees for Haulage and Logistic Services in Year 3 (N=916)

Partial Project "Planning and Implementation of Projects (Intrapreneurship)": Industrial Clerk Trainees in Year 2 and 3 and for Haulage and Logistic Services in Year 2 and 3 (N=932)


Non-probability Sample: Availability Sample

Time Dimension
  • Cross-section
  • Research Design: Observational Design
Collection Mode
  • Self-administered questionnaire: Paper
  • Educational measurements and tests
  • Measurements and Tests: Computer assisted test
application required:
CC0 1.0 Universal
Alternative Identifiers
  • 1 (Type: VerbundFDB)
  • Is supplemented by
    DOI: 10.5159/IQB_CosMed_MaK-adapt_v1
  • Is supplement to
    DOI: 10.5159/IQB_CosMed_VidSim_v1
  • Is supplemented by
    DOI: 10.5159/IQB_CosMed_VidSim_v1
  • Is supplement to
    DOI: 10.5159/IQB_TEMA_v1
  • Is supplemented by
    DOI: 10.5159/IQB_TEMA_v1
  • Is supplement to
    DOI: doi:10.5159/IQB_DomPL-IK_v1
  • Is supplemented by
    DOI: doi:10.5159/IQB_DomPL-IK_v1
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    • ID: urn:nbn:de:0111-opus-80622 (URN)
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Update Metadata: 2019-03-28 | Issue Number: 11 | Registration Date: 2017-02-16

Winther, Esther; Seeber, Susan; Weber, Susanne; Bley, Sandra; Festner, Dagmar et. al. (2017): Modellierung und Messung beruflicher Kompetenzen in der kaufmännischen Domäne (CoBALIT). CoBALIT - Competencies in the Field of Business and Administration, Learning, Instruction and Transition. Version: 1. IQB – Institut zur Qualitätsentwicklung im Bildungswesen. Dataset.