Performance Assessment of Generic and Domain-Specific Skills in Higher Education Economics

  • M.-T. NagelEmail author
  • Olga Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia
  • S. Schmidt
  • K. Beck


Following criticisms by employers about academic graduates’ lack of 21st century skills, students need to develop skills such as professional knowledge, critical thinking and problem solving. Accordingly, there is a demand for suitable assessments of these skills. One approach is to develop a performance assessment using tasks adapted from real-world decision-making and judgment situations that students and graduates have to face in academic and professional domains. Such tasks employ real-life scenarios and require generic and domain-specific skills in different facets to handle a given problem adequately. In this paper, we present a newly developed performance assessment that aims to measure such skills among higher education economics students and graduates of economics and we report results from two validation studies.


Generic skills domain-specific knowledge critical thinking graduates of economics performance assessment validation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M.-T. Nagel
    • 1
    Email author
  • Olga Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia
    • 2
  • S. Schmidt
    • 1
  • K. Beck
    • 1
  1. 1.Johannes Gutenberg-UniversitätMainzGermany
  2. 2.Johannes Gutenberg University MainzMainzGermany

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