Eberle Schumann

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Title / Titel Economic Competencies at the End of Secondary Education in Switzerland
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Original title / Originaltitel Ökonomische Kompetenzen von Maturandinnen und Maturanden in der Schweiz
Summary / Zusammenfassung In the study we asses economic competencies of students at the end of secondary education (grade 12 and 13). The representative sample will comprise students from Grammar Schools (Gymnasien) as well as from Professional Maturity Schools (PMS; Berufsmaturitaetsschulen) in the german-speaking part of Switzerland (N = 3.000). Our understanding of economic competencies contains an economic literacy (basic knowledge and skills in the domains of economics and business administration) as well as so-called non-cognitive abilities. This abilities incorporate interest on economic problems and motivational-volitional orientations to tackle them. Furthermore we look on attitudes and values for a responsible problem-solving.

In addition to the measurement of economic competencies we proof several hypotheses on prediction of the competencies, particularly school and instructional variables. Data will gathered within a cross-sectional design at the end of school year 2010/11 by achievement tests and questionnaires. First results will be published in 2012.
Keywords / Suchbegriffe economic competencies, economics, business administration, economics education, secondary education, achievement
Project leadership and contacts /
Projektleitung und Kontakte
Prof. Dr. Franz Eberle (Project Leader)
Dr. Stephan Schumann (Project Leader)
Dr. Maren Oepke
Funding source(s) /
Unterstützt durch
SNF (Personen- und Projektförderung)
In collaboration with /
In Zusammenarbeit mit
PD Dr. Urs Moser
Institut für Bildungsevaluation
Universität Zürich
Prof. Dr. Klaus Beck
Universität Mainz
Prrof. Dr. Phillipp Gonon
Institut für Gymnasial- und Berufspädagogik
Universität Zürich
Duration of Project / Projektdauer Apr 2009 to Sep 2013