Historical Thinking-Competencies in History (HiTCH)

Development of a historical competence test for large scale assessments

The aim of the HiTCH project (running from 2012 to 2015) was to develop a test for use in large-scale studies to measure the extent to which students at the end of lower secondary level have the competence "how to think history".

After a development period of three years, the HiTCH instrument is now available with 91 items and represents a standardised, reliable and valid instrument for recording historical competence, which can be used e.g. in school achievement studies.

A HiTCH consortium founded in 2015 is continuing the research work on the test instrument.