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Formative assessment in discussion tasks
Posted on 24 May 2016 at 8:53 am
by Parsons, D.

Open discussion tasks that involve problem-solving and the sharing of ideas are not amenable to the elicitation of target language forms. By systematically introducing formative assessment into the...

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    Formative assessment in discussion tasks
    Posted on 24 May 2016 at 8:53 am
    by Parsons, D.

    Open discussion tasks that involve problem-solving and the sharing of ideas are not amenable to the elicitation of target language forms. By systematically introducing formative assessment into the...

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    Mutually Beneficial Foreign Language Learning: Creating Meaningful Interactions Through Video-Synchronous Computer-Mediated Communication
    Posted on 23 May 2016 at 8:30 am
    by Fumie Kato, Ryan Spring, Chikako Mori
    Providing learners of a foreign language with meaningful opportunities for interactions, specifically with native speakers, is especially challenging for instructors. One way to overcome this obsta... (show all)

    Local control in the era of accountability: A case study of Wisconsin preK
    Posted on 23 May 2016 at 1:00 am
    by M. Elizabeth Graue, Bethany Wilinski, Amato Nocera

    The opposing principles of local control and increased standardization are a prominent tension in the United States? education system. Since at least the early 1990s, this tension has taken shape a...

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    Drawing on indigenous criteria for more authentic assessment in a specific-purpose language test: Health professionals interacting with patients
    Posted on 23 May 2016 at 12:01 am
    by Pill, J.

    The indigenous assessment practices (Jacoby & McNamara, 1999) in selected health professions were investigated to inform a review of the scope of assessment in the speaking sub-test of a specific-p...

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    The hunt for "indigenous criteria" in assessing communication in the physiotherapy workplace
    Posted on 23 May 2016 at 12:01 am
    by Elder, C., McNamara, T.

    Gaining insights from domain experts into how they view communication in real world settings is recognized as an important authenticity consideration in the development of criteria to assess langua...

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    Exploring the limits of authenticity in LSP testing: The case of a specific-purpose language test for health professionals
    Posted on 23 May 2016 at 12:01 am
    by Elder, C.

    How much is enough? Involving occupational experts in setting standards on a specific-purpose language test for health professionals
    Posted on 23 May 2016 at 12:01 am
    by Pill, J., McNamara, T.

    This paper considers how to establish the minimum required level of professionally relevant oral communication ability in the medium of English for health practitioners with English as an additiona...

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    "Language," "communication," and the longing for the authentic in LSP testing
    Posted on 23 May 2016 at 12:01 am
    by Hoekje, B.

    This commentary argues that the OET research raises inescapable contradictions in trying to separate "language" from "communication" within a weak performance test and advocates for reconceptualizi...

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    A comparative discourse study of simulated clinical roleplays in two assessment contexts: Validating a specific-purpose language test
    Posted on 23 May 2016 at 12:01 am
    by Woodward-Kron, R., Elder, C.

    The aim of this paper is to investigate from a discourse analytic perspective task authenticity in the speaking component of the Occupational English Test (OET), an English language screening test ...

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    Standard setting in specific-purpose language testing: What can a qualitative study add?
    Posted on 23 May 2016 at 12:01 am
    by Manias, E., McNamara, T.

    This paper explores the views of nursing and medical domain experts in considering the standards for a specific-purpose English language screening test, the Occupational English Test (OET), for pro...

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    Extending the scope of speaking assessment criteria in a specific-purpose language test: Operationalizing a health professional perspective
    Posted on 23 May 2016 at 12:01 am
    by OHagan, S., Pill, J., Zhang, Y.

    Criticism of specific-purpose language (LSP) tests is often directed at their limited ability to represent fully the demands of the target language use situation. Such criticisms extend to the crit...

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    Language test as boundary object: Perspectives from test users in the healthcare domain
    Posted on 23 May 2016 at 12:01 am
    by Macqueen, S., Pill, J., Knoch, U.

    Objects that sit between intersecting social worlds, such as Language for Specific Purposes (LSP) tests, are boundary objects – dynamic, historically derived mechanisms which maintain coherence bet...

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    Alignment and Accountability in Policy Design and Implementation: The Common Core State Standards and Implementation Research
    Posted on 20 May 2016 at 9:47 am
    by Coburn, C. E., Hill, H. C., Spillane, J. P.

    Both the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and recent efforts to hold schools and teachers accountable have been hotly debated among practitioners, policymakers, and the public at large. Much of t...

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    Who Is Opposed to Common Core and Why?
    Posted on 20 May 2016 at 9:47 am
    by Polikoff, M. S., Hardaway, T., Marsh, J. A., Plank, D. N.

    Rising opposition to the Common Core Standards (CCS) has undermined implementation throughout the country. Yet there has been no scholarly analysis of the predictors of CCS opposition in the popula...

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    Living Language: Self-Assessment, Oral Production, and Domestic Immersion
    Posted on 20 May 2016 at 7:45 am
    by Haley N. Dolosic, Cindy Brantmeier, Michael Strube, Mark C. Hogrebe
    With 24 adolescent students enrolled in a French language summer camp, the present study examines the relationship between self-assessment and oral production in French, interpreting results throug... (show all)

    Charting a democratic course for global citizenship education: Research directions and current challenges
    Posted on 16 May 2016 at 1:00 am
    by John P. Myers

    This article outlines research directions for global citizenship education, by emphasizing the centrality of democratic goals for schools in the 21st century. Despite a significant shift in educati...

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    Efficacy Versus Equity: What Happens When States Tinker With College Admissions in a Race-Blind Era?
    Posted on 11 May 2016 at 10:42 am
    by Black, S. E., Cortes, K. E., Lincove, J. A.

    We investigate the efficacy and equity of college admissions criteria by estimating the effect of multiple measures of college readiness on college performance in the context of race-blind automati...

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    Motivation Interventions in Education: A Meta-Analytic Review
    Posted on 9 May 2016 at 9:28 am
    by Lazowski, R. A., Hulleman, C. S.

    This meta-analysis provides an extensive and organized summary of intervention studies in education that are grounded in motivation theory. We identified 74 published and unpublished papers that ex...

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    Mediated Development: A Vygotskian Approach to Transforming Second Language Learner Abilities
    Posted on 6 May 2016 at 7:20 am
    by Matthew E. Poehner, Paolo Infante
    The authors point to systemic-theoretical instruction (STI), which underscores the importance of abstract conceptual knowledge in schooling, and dynamic assessment (DA), in which mediators and lear... (show all)

    A Study of the Relationship Between the ACT College Mathematics Readiness Standard and College Mathematics Achievement
    Posted on 5 May 2016 at 12:09 pm
    by Harwell, M., Moreno, M., Post, T.

    This study examined the relationship between the American College Testing (ACT) college mathematics readiness standard and college mathematics achievement using a sample of students who met or exce...

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    Comparing Childrens Performance on and Preference for a Number-Line Estimation Task: Tablet Versus Paper and Pencil
    Posted on 5 May 2016 at 12:09 pm
    by Piatt, C., Coret, M., Choi, M., Volden, J., Bisanz, J.

    Tablet computers (tablets) are positioned to be powerful, innovative, effective, and motivating research and assessment tools. We addressed two questions critical for evaluating the appropriateness...

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    Pedagogical and Social Climate in School Questionnaire: Factorial Validity and Reliability of the Teacher Version
    Posted on 5 May 2016 at 12:09 pm
    by Dimitrova, R., Ferrer-Wreder, L., Galanti, M. R.

    This study evaluated the factorial structure of the Pedagogical and Social Climate in School (PESOC) questionnaire among 307 teachers in Bulgaria. The teacher edition of PESOC consists of 11 scales...

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    Similar prompts may not be similar in the performance they elicit: Examining fluency, complexity, accuracy, and lexis in narratives from five picture prompts
    Posted on 5 May 2016 at 4:12 am
    by de Jong, N., Vercellotti, M. L.

    Only a few characteristics of picture-based narrative prompts have been studied to determine what features affect task performance. Thus, it is not easy to identify equivalent narrative prompts or ...

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    Task-based language teaching: An empirical study of task transfer
    Posted on 5 May 2016 at 4:12 am
    by Benson, S. D.

    Since the 1980s, task-based language teaching (TBLT) has enjoyed considerable interest from researchers of second language acquisition (SLA), resulting in a growing body of empirical evidence to su...

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    Focus on form through task repetition in TBLT
    Posted on 5 May 2016 at 4:12 am
    by van de Guchte, M., Braaksma, M., Rijlaarsdam, G., Bimmel, P.

    Because there has been little research on focus on form during the post-task phase in task-based language teaching, this experimental study investigates the effects of task repetition after having ...

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    Revisiting Zipfian Frequency: L2 Acquisition of English Prenominal Past Participles
    Posted on 3 May 2016 at 7:06 am
    by XIAOPENG ZHANG, XIAOLI DONG
    This study examined the effectiveness of Zipfian frequency at facilitating the acquisition of English prenominal past participles. Chinese middle school students (N = 103) were randomly assigned to... (show all)

    Maximum Likelihood Score Estimation Method With Fences for Short-Length Tests and Computerized Adaptive Tests
    Posted on 29 Apr 2016 at 12:37 am
    by Han, K. T.

    A critical shortcoming of the maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) method for test score estimation is that it does not work with certain response patterns, including ones consisting only of all 0s ...

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    Derivation and Applicability of Asymptotic Results for Multiple Subtests Person-Fit Statistics
    Posted on 29 Apr 2016 at 12:37 am
    by Albers, C. J., Meijer, R. R., Tendeiro, J. N.

    In high-stakes testing, it is important to check the validity of individual test scores. Although a test may, in general, result in valid test scores for most test takers, for some test takers, tes...

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    Probing the relative importance of different attributes in L2 reading and listening comprehension items: An application of cognitive diagnostic models
    Posted on 28 Apr 2016 at 5:11 am
    by Yi, Y.-S.

    The present study examines the relative importance of attributes within and across items by applying four cognitive diagnostic assessment models. The current study utilizes the function of the mode...

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    How Does Calibration Timing and Seasonality Affect Item Parameter Estimates?
    Posted on 27 Apr 2016 at 9:10 am
    by Wyse, A. E., Babcock, B.

    Continuously administered examination programs, particularly credentialing programs that require graduation from educational programs, often experience seasonality where distributions of examine ab...

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