Validation of an entrance examination in the study domain of business and economics – A national and international comparative study of universities and universities of applied sciences (Project WiWiSET)


The WiWiSET project employs a German edition (so called TEL-D) of the standardized Test of Economic Literacy IV (TEL IV). The test has been translated according to the TRAPD process model (Harkness, 2008), and has been adapted according to the International Test Commission’s Guidelines on Test Adaptation (ITC, 2010) for initial diagnostic assessment in higher education in the domain of business and economics. Building on validation work from a preliminary study, the WiWiSET project pursues discriminant, predictive, and incremental validation perspectives. The population for the WiWiSET study includes students at the beginning of a Bachelor’s degree program in the domain of business and economics at a university or university of applied sciences in Germany. As an efficient selection process, we will use a cluster sample with clustering according to types of higher education institutions. To estimate ideally undistorted and generalizable fixed and random effects, we must assess at least 30 higher education institutions. The German Federal Statistical Office has provided a list (04/2015) of all higher education institutions included in the population, from which we will choose 40 institutions at random. To test the research hypotheses of the WiWiSET project, we need two assessment rounds. In the first round of assessment, which is scheduled to take place before the beginning of the summer term 2016 (February–April 2016), first-year students will be assessed at randomly chosen higher education institutions during introductory courses in economic studies. In the second round of assessment to take place at the beginning of the summer term 2017, the same students will be assessed a second time after having completed one year of studies. This way, we aim to assess their study progress during the orientation phase of the Bachelor’s degree program so as to examine the predictive validity of the TEL-D in terms of academic courses completed during the first year of studies.


Principal Investigators
Pant, Hans Anand Prof. Dr. (Details) (Educational Research Methods)

Further project members
Jitomirski, Judith (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

Duration of Project
Start date: 06/2016
End date: 06/2019

Publications
Carstensen, V., Happ, R., & Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, O. (2019). Second-Generation Immigrants’ Entry to Higher Education: Students’ Enrollment Choices at Different Types of Universities. Eastern Economic Journal, 1–35 (online first). doi.org/10.1057/s41302-019-00148-1

Happ, R., Förster, M., & Beck, K. (2018). Eingangsvoraussetzungen von Studierenden der Wirtschaftswissenschaften mit und ohne Migrationshintergrund. Zeitschrift für empirische Hochschulforschung, 2(1), 6–22. doi: 10.3224/zehf.v2i1.01

Happ, R., Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, O., & Förster, M. (2018). How Prior Economic Education Influences Beginning University Students’ Knowledge of Economics. Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training, 10(5), 1–20. doi.org/10.1186/s40461-018-0066-7

Förster, M., Brückner, S., Happ, R., Beck, K., & Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, O. (2017). Strukturanalyse eines kognitiven Messinstruments im Multiple Choice-Format – Das Beispiel des Test of Economic Literacy (TEL-G). Zeitschrift für Berufs- und Wirtschaftspädagogik, 113(3), 366–396.

Förster, M., Happ, R., & Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, O. (2018). Der Effekt einer kaufmännischen Berufsausbildung auf das volkswirtschaftliche Wissen bei Studieneinsteiger der Wirtschaftswissenschaften. Berufs- und Wirtschaftspädagogik - online, 34, 1–19.

Jitomirski, J., Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, O., & Schipolowski, S, (2019). The Relationship between General Intelligence and Media Use among University Students. Wiesbaden: Springer.
Kühling-Thees, C. (in Vorbereitung). Studienabbruch in den Wirtschaftswissenschaften – kognitive und nicht-kognitive Einflussfaktoren.

Kühling-Thees, C., Happ, R., Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, O., & Pant, H.A. (2019). The Impact of Entry Preconditions on Student Dropout and Subject Change in Business and Economics. In O. Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, H. A. Pant, M. Toepper & C. Lautenbach (Eds.), Student Learning in German Higher Education: Innovative Modelling and Measurement Approaches and Research Results. Wiesbaden: Springer. (in press)
Kühling-Thees, C., Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, O., Nagel, M.-T., Yamada, R., & Shirakawa, Y. (in review). Generic Skills of Economics Students – Insights from a German-Japanese Study.

Pant, H. A., Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, O., Schipolowski, S., & Förster, M. (2016). WiWiSET – Validation of an Entrance Examination in the Study Domain of Business and Economics – A National and International Comparative Study of Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences. In H. A. Pant, O. Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, C. Lautenbach, M. Toepper & D. Molerov (Eds.), Modeling and Measuring Competencies in Higher Education –Validation and Methodological Innovations (KoKoHs) Overview of the Research Projects. (KoKoHs Working Papers, 11, pp. 60-61). Berlin & Mainz: Humboldt Universität & Johannes Gutenberg-Universität.

Pant, H. A., Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, O., Schipolowski, S., & Förster, M. (2016). WiWiSET – Validierung eines Studieneingangstests in der Fachdomäne Wirtschaftswissenschaften: eine national und international vergleichende Studie an Universitäten und Fachhochschulen. In O. Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, H. A. Pant, C. Lautenbach & M. Toepper (Hrsg.), Kompetenzmodelle und Instrumente der Kompetenzerfassung im Hochschulsektor – Validierungen und methodische Innovationen (KoKoHs). (KoKoHs Working Papers, 10, S. 70-72). Berlin & Mainz: Humboldt Universität & Johannes Gutenberg-Universität.

Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, O. & Kühling-Thees, C. (2019). Study-related Domain-specific and Generic Competencies of Economics Students: Insights from a German-Japanese Study. Journal of Asia Pacific Studies (Waseda University, Japan), 35, 285 – 297.

Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, O., Kühling-Thees, C., Jitomirski, J., & Pant, H.A. (in review). WiWiSET – Validation of an Entrance Examination in the Study Domain of Business and Economics – A National and International Comparative Study of Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences. Applied Measurement in Education.

Vorträge
Jitomirski, J., Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, O., Schlax, J., Kühling-Thees, C., Happ, R., Schipolowski, S. & Pant, H.-A. (2019). The Relation between General Intellectual Ability and Study-related Media Consumption among University Students in Economics. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association on April 07th 2019. Toronto (Canada).

Jitomirski, J., Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, O., Kühling-Thees, C., Schlax, J., Happ, R., Brückner, S., Förster, M., Molerov, D. & Pant, H. (2018). Test Fairness of an Entrance Assessment in Economics – a Large-Scale-Study in Germany. Vortrag auf der 6. Konferenz der Gesellschaft für Empirische Bildungsforschung am 15.02.2018 in Basel.

Jitomirski, J., Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, O., Kühling-Thees, C., Schlax, J., Happ, R., Schipo-lowski, S., Pant, H., Brückner, S. & Förster, M. (2018). Test Fairness of an Entrance Assessment in Economics – A Nationwide Large-Scale-Study in German Higher Education. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association on April 13th 2018. New York.

Jitomirski, J., Brückner, S., Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, O., Schipolowki, S., Förster, M., Happ, R., Kühling-Thees, C. & Pant, H.A. (2017). Ökonomiebezogenes Wissen bei Studienein-steigernInnen der Wirtschaftspädagogik und Wirtschaftswissenschaften. Präsentation auf der Jahrestagung der Sektion Berufs- und Wirtschaftspädagogik 2017 der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Erziehungswissenschaften (BWP) am 25.09.2017 in Stuttgart.

Jitomirski, J., Happ, R., Förster, M., Beck, K., Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, O., Brückner, S. & Pant, H. A. (2017). Eingangsvoraussetzungen von StudieneinsteigerInnen der Wirtschaftswissenschaften mit und ohne Migrationshintergrund. Präsentation auf der GEBF Tagung 2017. Heidelberg.

Kühling-Thees, C., Happ, R., Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, O., Schlax, J. & Jitomirski, J. (2019). Studienabbruch in den Wirtschaftswissenschaften: Vorhersage auf Basis kognitiver und nicht-kognitiver Eingangsvoraussetzungen. Poster präsentiert auf der 7. Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für empirische Bildungsforschung am 25.02.2019 in Köln.

Schlax, J., Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, O., Kühling-Thees, C., Deribo, T., Jitomirski, J., Happ, R., Pant, H.-A. & Nagel, M. (2019). Effects of Prior knowledge and Intelligence on the Development of Economic Knowledge in Higher Education. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association on April 07th 2019. Toronto (Canada).

Kühling-Thees, C., Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, O., Happ, R., Jitomirski, J., Schlax, J., Förster, M., Brückner, S. & Pant, H. (2018). Unterschiede in der ökonomiebezogenen Studieneingangskompetenz zwischen den deutschen Hochschultypen und Hochschulrankinggruppen. Presentation at the Annual Meeting 2018 of the „Gesellschaft für Empirische Bildungs-forschung“ on February 16th 2018. Basel.

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