ERIC Number: ED314789
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Assessing Communication Competence in Speaking and Listening: A Consumer's Guide.
Arter, Judith A.
Many educational institutions are currently attempting to improve their attention to speaking and listening in curriculum and instruction, and this guide is intended to assist educators to become more knowledgeable about tools for assessing speaking and listening. Designed for those somewhat knowledgeable in the areas of assessment and language arts instruction, the guide has three major sections. The first section, a short discussion of assessing speaking and listening, includes information about definitions, taxonomies of skills, issues in validity and reliability, the current state-of-the-art in assessing speaking and listening, and what to consider when selecting an assessment tool. The second section contains descriptions and reviews of assessment tools, providing longer reviews for instruments that are readily accessible, that measure some aspect of "communication competence," and that have some technical information available. These longer reviews are evaluative and include descriptions of the purpose(s) the author sees for the assessment instrument; content (tasks, response modes, and scoring procedures); reliability; validity studies; amount of help with interpretation and use; and source. The second section also presents short reviews of research instruments, achievement test series, instruments developed by educational agencies and instruments lacking technical investigation. The final section lists additional resources available to the user such as print resources and professional organizations. The guide also includes a summary table of all instruments reviewed, a 64-item bibliography, a glossary, and an index so that instruments can be easily located. (SR)
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Evaluation Criteria, Interpersonal Competence, Language Arts, Listening, Listening Skills, Speech Communication, Speech Skills, Student Evaluation, Testing
Test Center, Northwest Regional Education Laboratory, 101 S.W. Main Street, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reference Materials - Directories/Catalogs
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.
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