MultiTex: Process-Based Diagnostics of Text Comprehension With Multiple Documents (Multiple Documents Literacy)



Duration: 01/01/2016–06/30/2019
Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF)

Project coordination: Prof. Dr. Cordula Artelt (University of Bamberg), Dr. Cornelia Schoor (University of Bamberg), Dr. Kathrin Lockl (Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories), Prof. Dr. Hans-Günther Roßbach (University of Bamberg), Dr. Ulf Kröhne (German Institute for International Educational Research), Prof. Dr. Frank Goldhammer (German Institute for International Educational Research)


To cope with the requirements of higher education, students of all disciplines have to be able to deal with information of their particular field of study in a self-regulated way in order to extend their competencies. While studying, for example, they regularly have to work with multiple sources of information and (textual) documents that may contain redundant, supplementary, or even contradicting information. In such situations, students not only need to comprehend individual texts, but they also have to relate the pieces of information provided by these multiple documents and sources to one other and integrate them in an appropriate way. However, previous research indicates that students quite often fail when it comes to this particular complex integration task.

Therefore, a computer-based instrument for students is developed and validated within the scope of this project, which makes it possible to survey their multiple documents literacy (MDL). A particular focus is on additional process-based measures that 1) can be used as supplementary diagnostic information and, at the same time, 2) are analyzed to identify coping strategies when dealing with multiple documents and to perform an empirical test of theories on MDL.

Project objectives:

  1. Developing a theoretically informed computer-based test of MDL
  2. Empirically testing hypotheses of theories on MDL
  3. Analyzing processes of MDL and developing process indicators for further diagnostics
  4. Validating interpretations of test values based on two starting cohorts at two locations and in two disciplines

MultiTex is a joint project of the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories, the University of Bamberg, and the German Institute for International Educational Research. It is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.


Detailed information (only available in German)