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Project Astralite

ASTRALITE- ASessment and TRAining von Scientific LITEracy

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Project management:

Dr. Sebastian Schmid (University of Regensburg)

Prof. Dr. Tobias Richter (University of Kassel)

Prof. Dr. Klaus-Peter Wild (University of Regensburg)

Research associate:

Sabrina Viehauser (University of Regensburg)

Research assistants:

Eva-Maria Schneider

Franz Flammersberger

This project is part of the facilitating initiative Kompetenzmodellierung und Kompetenzerfassung im Hochschulsektor (KoKoHs) of the Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung.

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In almost all academic disciplines, university students are required to deal with academic primary literature. To do so successfully more than receptive reading comprehension is required. At the latest when it comes to writing a bachelor or master thesis, students must shift through the relevant literature, identify appropriate texts, and adopt a critical stance to the text contents. Thus, in order to competently deal with scientific literature, students need to be equipped with a wide range of competencies, many of which not formally taught in academic studies.

To systemize the set of potentially relevant subcompetencies necessary for dealing with scientific literature, we distinguish between two types of goals (receptive vs. epistemic goals) and two types of processing modes (systematic vs. heuristic strategies). Readers with a receptive goal strive to aquire knowledge, whereas readers with an epistemic goal strive to develop an own standpoint on the issues discussed in the text. These goals can be pursued in an either systematic (deep-level processing of text contents) or heuristic (rule-bases processing of surface features) fashion. By combining the dimensions epistemic-receptive and systematic-heuristic it is possible to construct a matrix with four categories of strategies:

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We find it likely that readers need to possess knowledge of strategies in all four categories for competently dealing with scientific literature. However, they also need to know when and for what purpose they can use a particular strategy (conditional knowledge).

The project is based on a cognitive psychology conception of competencies as “systems of knowledge and belief” that enable successful actions in particular performance situations. In line with this, the focus of the project is on the analysis of declarative and procedural knowledge that allows students to competently deal with scientific literature. By this, we seek to validate tests constructed in the precursor project (KOSWO). Our validation approach includes training experiments, an expert-novice study using eye tracking, the assessment of ecologically valid achievement data, and a study on interdisciplinary differences.

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Project data:


Dr. Sebastian Schmid

Universität Regensburg

Fakultät für Psychologie, Pädaogik und Sportwissenschaft

Universitätsstraße 1, 93053 Regensburg

Time frame 01.01.2016 - 31.12.2018




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Dr. Sebastian Schmid

Universität Regensburg

Fakultät für Psychologie, Pädaogik und Sportwissenschaft

Universitätsstraße 1, 93053 Regensburg