Competence Modelling and English Literature


Leonie Kirchhoff,  University of Tübingen

Nicole Poppe, University of  Tübingen

The panel addresses research in progress in a new field of English studies, which is marked by the collaboration of literary studies and empirical research in education. It is the aim of the project to find out more about the competences needed for reading and understanding literary texts. By developing and conducting empirical surveys, we strive to get a clearer idea of the steps involved in comprehending complex texts. When it comes to reading competence in the field of English literature, we should, for example, learn more about the relationship between linguistic competence, which enables us to comprehend verbal material (grammar, lexicon etc.), and forms of cultural competence, which enable us to link textual and extratextual elements. Such differences can be elicited by a controlled design of empirical surveys. In our panel, we will first offer insights into our research; in a second step, the participants will take part in one of our surveys. In the following, we will discuss the survey together and also show some exemplary answers from students who also participated in the survey. On this basis, we will demonstrate how we analyse student answers and discuss in how far our surveys contribute to a better understanding of the required competences for understanding English literary texts.
Leonie Kirchhoff and Nicole Poppe are both doctoral students at the University of Tübingen under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Matthias Bauer and PD Dr. Angelika Zirker. They are both research assistants in the research project “Competence Modelling” which is located in the Tübingen School of Education (TüSE).

Thursday 6th July, 12.30