ERIC Number: ED360662
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Assessing Listening in the Basic Course: The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Listening Test.
Willmington, S. Clay; Steinbrecher, Milda M.
A "Fundamentals of Speech Communication" course is required of all college students, and upon completion of such a course students should possess those basic speaking and listening skills necessary to complete successfully their college educations. With a view toward developing a new, more effective listening test, a study examined research in listening test development. The study also explained how the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Listening Test was developed and reported what was learned regarding the properties and performance of the test. The validity of the test was assessed using three procedures: the content procedure, the predictive procedure, and the known-groups method. Validity was also promoted by implementing suggestions and findings reported by listening assessment theorists. Two typical kinds of reliability tests were conducted in the test: test-retest and the Kuder-Richardson #20. Bias in regard to gender did not appear to exist in the test. No claims can be made concerning race bias since few minority students have taken the test. The test was subjected to item analysis to check for difficulty and discriminating power. The test can be administered successfully to up to 30 students in a single classroom by use of a one-half inch VHS video playback unit and monitor. Of 916 students tested, scores ranged from a low of 15 to a high of 52. The mean score was 34.77 with a standard deviation of 5.55. (A profile of the questions on the test and 24 references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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