Measuring social competencies in the teaching profession – development of a self-assessment procedure

Uwe Peter Kanning, Wolfgang Böttcher, Christoph Herrmann


Since teachers spend several hours a day in interactions with other people, it seems plausible to assume that their social competencies are a vital foundation for their professional success. Thus, it makes sense to put special emphasis on such competencies in the context of career counseling/occupational orientation, teachers’ training and education as well as personnel selection procedures at schools. Hence instruments are required to measure job-relevant social competencies. Subsequently, we will describe the development and validation of a self-perception questionnaire to measure social competencies of teachers. It was designed as a self-assessment procedure and it informs on 10 job-relevant competencies. The main application areas lie in occupational orientation as well as in self-reflection during university studies. Further application areas will be discussed.


Social competencies; Diagnostics; Teaching profession

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