• Carolin Frank
  • Sascha Bernholt
  • Ilka Parchmann
Translated title of the contributionModelling the relation between general and vocational education in the domain of chemistry
The German national educational standards specify competencies in Chemistry which students should have attained at the end of the 10th grade. In addition, the educational standards raise the claim to describe competencies relevant for future learning. To research the relation between general and vocational competencies in the domain of Chemistry, competence models are needed in both areas. While several models have been proposed and empirically tested in the area of general competencies in secondary school, there is a lack of both theoretical and empirical research regarding vocational competencies. Hence, it remains unclear whether attaining the educational standards at the end of lower secondary school is beneficial to adjacent learning opportunities, e.g. for vocational training. In this contribution we intend to specify the relation between general and vocational competencies in the domain of Chemistry. In a first step, a structure model is proposed to characterize the competencies of chemical laboratory assistants. Based on a comparison of the framework of the national educational standards in Chemistry and the framework for vocational competencies of laboratory assistants, specific assumptions about the relation between both areas are derived. As an outlook, perspectives for empirically testing the proposed structural model as well as analysing the assumed relations between general and vocational chemical competencies are discussed.
Original languageGerman
JournalZeitschrift für Didaktik der Naturwissenschaften
Pages (from-to)43-60
Number of pages18
StatePublished - 08.11.2016

    Research areas

  • Aims and models - Competence, Structure model, Chemical laboratory assistants, Vocational training, Chemistry

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