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Development and Evaluation of Competency Models for Integrated Processing of Texts and Images


Project duration: 01.10.2008 - 30.09.2014


This project investigates teachers’ and students’ competences in teaching and learning from texts with integrated (instructional) pictures. After developing competency models for teacher and students, longitudinal studies were conducted in elementary and secondary school.

Project descríption

The main goal of the BiTe-project is the assessment of teachers’ and students’ competences, which are needed for successful learning processes, when texts and instructional pictures are used as learning material.

Texts and instructional Pictures (TiP), such as graphs or diagrams, are used as learning material in elementary and secondary schools frequently. On the one hand, students need certain competences for reading this kind of cognitively demanding learning material; they have to identify and integrate information from two different sources (text and picture). On the other hand, teaching with this kind of cognitively demanding learning materials requires special professional competence of teachers for enabling successful learning processes.

In project phases 1 and 2, competency models for teachers and students regarding teaching and learning with TiP were developed and evaluated in a longitudinal study with two cohorts in German lower, middle and upper secondary school tracks (Hauptschule, Realschule and Gymnasium). Students and teachers filled in TiP-competence tests and questionnaires at three points of measurement in grades 5/6/7 in cohort one and 6/7/8 respectively in cohort two for assessing the development of TiP-competences.

Results indicated differences in students’ TiP-competences already at the beginning of secondary school, leading to project phase 3. In this phase, the development of teachers’ and students’ TiP-competences at the end of elementary school (grade 4) was assessed as well as the instructional practice, when TiP are used in the classroom. Similarly to the study in secondary school, teachers and students were assessed at the beginning and at the end of the school term. In between the two points of measurement, three consecutive lessons of teaching with TiP have been videotaped for investigating successful teaching practices.

Lead researcher at IFS

Foto von Prof. Dr. Nele McElvany Prof. Dr. Nele McElvany,

Campus Nord, CDI, Room CDI / 232
Telephone: (+49)231 755-5512

Project management

Foto von Dr. Annika Ohle-Peters Dr. Annika Ohle-Peters,

Campus Nord, CDI, Room CDI / 234
Telephone: (+49)231 755-5516

Project team

Foto von Dr. Britta Oerke Dr. Britta Oerke,

Campus Nord, CDI

Foto von Dr. Annika Ohle-Peters Dr. Annika Ohle-Peters,

Campus Nord, CDI, Room CDI / 234
Telephone: (+49)231 755-5516

External project partners

Goethe University Frankfurt

  • Prof. Dr. Holger Horz

  • Dr. Mark Ullrich

University Landau

  • Prof. Dr. (emer.) Wolfgang Schnotz

Max-Planck-Institute for Human Development

  • Prof. Dr. (emer.) Jürgen Baumert

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Dr. Annika Ohle-Peters
Tel.: 0231 755-5516




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