ERIC Number: ED210748
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Perspectives on the Assessment of Speaking and Listening Skills for the 1980s.
Northwest Regional Education Lab., Portland, OR. Clearinghouse for Applied Performance Testing.
The four papers in this collection were drawn from a symposium convened to review the state of the art in speaking and listening assessment at all educational levels and to suggest strategies for addressing the technical issues, particularly those relating to test bias and the use of rating scales, that speaking and listening assessors often face. The first paper presents results of a national survey of elementary and secondary speaking and listening assessment procedures that was sponsored by the Speech Communication Association. Various sections of the paper focus on state legislative activity, specific skills tested, standards, and testing procedures. The paper reports the findings of the survey on a state-by-state basis. The second paper deals with the current assessment of speaking and listening skills at the college level and concentrates on the development and evaluation of the Communication Competence Assessment Instrument. The third paper reviews potential sources of bias in assessment--including stimulus conditions, response mode, rating procedures, and use of test results--and suggests strategies for dealing with each. The fourth paper identifies several issues related to the use of rating scales in evaluating oral communication proficiency--including scale development, psychometric evaluation, and the speech type assessed--and suggests new directions for research. (FL)
Descriptors: Communication Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Listening Skills, National Surveys, Rating Scales, Speech Skills, Test Bias, Testing Problems
Speech Communication Association, 5105 Backlick Rd., Suite E, Annandale, VA 22003 ($4.25).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Education Lab., Portland, OR. Clearinghouse for Applied Performance Testing.
Note: Collection of papers prepared for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).