Competence Models for Assessing Individual Learning Outcomes and Evaluating Processes

Models of competencies for the assessment of individual learning outcomes and the evaluation of educational processes

Project description

The GRF priority programme competence models has a duration of six years and it brings together experts from the fields of psychology, educational science and subject didactics. Currently, scientists from more than 20 higher education institutions and non-university research institutions in Germany are engaged in 23 interdisciplinary projects.

The project co-ordination is located at DIPF in Frankfurt am Main and at the University of Duisburg-Essen.


The project aims at a better understanding of cognitive psychological and subject didactic conditions of competencies and at developing psychometric models and concrete technologies for measuring competencies. Hence, the project will support the teaching of competencies as a principal goal of scchool and vocational education in the long run.

Research questions

The central questions posed by the priority programme can be structured into four consecutive areas. A development and empirical test of theoretical competence models lies at the heart of the project, which will be complemented by psychometric models for measurement, and these will  lead up to the construction of measurement processes for the empirical assessment of competencies. The research programme is rounded up by questions regarding the use of the information gained from competence-based diagnostics and competence-oriented assessments.


The research context defines competencies as context-specific cognitive dispositions for achievement that functionally relate to situations and demands in certain domains in terms of specific areas of learning and action. Competencies are acquired by learning and experience and they can be influenced by external interventions and institutionalised educational processes.

The individual research projects are concerned with the following domains:

  • mathematical competencies,
  • science competencies,
  • language and reading competencies,
  • teaching competencies,
  • trans-disciplinary competencies.

Associated co-operators

International Co-operation Partners of the Priority Programme

National Co-operation Partners

Further Information

Speaker and Project Co-Ordination

Project Co-Ordinating Staff

Website of the Project

Project Management

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Eckhard Klieme

Project Team

Dr. Juliane Grünkorn

Project Details

Completed Projects
Department: Teacher and Teaching Quality
9/2007 – 3/2015
External funding
Contact: Dr. Juliane Grünkorn, Head of Service Center