ERIC Number: ED261424
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Assessing Oral Communication Performance Skills.
Willmington, S. Clay
A review of relevant research reveals the general characteristics of a test of oral communication performance, some specific characteristics of testing programs, and some directions that future performance testing should take. Characteristics of tests of oral communication performance are as follows: (1) students should be able to apply the skills and knowledge they have learned, (2) performance should involve completion of a prespecified task according to prespecified criteria in the context of real or simulated assessment exercises, (3) whatever task or product is required by the exercises must be observable and measurable, and (4) the performance must be directly observed and rated by a trained, qualified judge. Specific testing programs take a variety of forms, such as teacher assessment of a variety of communication activities in the classroom, trained rater assessment of student interviews or public speeches, or an assessment of student oral communication in a combination of activities. The experience gained from large scale assessment programs suggests that efforts be directed in defining communication competence, selecting kinds of student performances, utilizing appropriate criteria, working for validity, and working for reliability. (EL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (69th, Washington, DC, November 10-13, 1983).