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Project duration 01.10.2008 - 30.09.2014

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

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 description

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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. 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.


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.



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

Project management

  • Dr. Annika Ohle-Peters

Project team

  • Dr. Brigitte Oerke
  • Dr. Annika Ohle-Peters

External project partners

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Location & approach

The most convenient highway exits are on the B 1/A 40 (Dortmund-Barop) (closer to the North Campus) and on the A45 (Dortmund-Eichlinghofen). The university is signposted at both exits. In the local road network you will find signs to Campus Nord, where the Campus Treff is also located. From Emil-Figge-Strasse, entrance no. 18 and from Vogelspothsweg entrance no. 23 lead to parking spaces near the venue.

From Dortmund main station, take the S-Bahn "S1" in the direction of Solingen on track 7 to the stop "Dortmund-Universität" (price level A). The S-Bahn runs every 15 minutes during peak hours on weekdays and takes about 6 minutes. From Düsseldorf, the S-Bahn runs every 30 minutes. Directly at the S-Bahn station you will find the CDI building, which houses the Center for Research on Education and School Development.

One of the university's landmarks is the H-Bahn, which has two terminuses on the North Campus. One is located directly above the S-Bahn station and is easily accessible from it by elevators. The other is located in the center of Campus North at the bridge between the University Library and the Mensa, right next to the Audimax. The H-Bahn runs from here to the South Campus and the Eichlinghofen district.

Dortmund has an airport connected with some destinations in Central Europe. There are regular flights, for example, to Amsterdam, Berlin, Dresden, Katowice, Krakow, Leipzig-Halle, London, Munich, Nuremberg, Paris, Poznan, Stuttgart, Vienna and Zurich. For the approximately 20 kilometers from the Dortmund airport to the campus, you can take the bus to the main train station and from there the S-Bahn. Faster is usually the use of a cab. Far more international flight connections are offered by the Rhine-Ruhr Airport in Düsseldorf, about 60 kilometers away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university station.