ERIC Number: ED365148
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Affective Factors in the Assessment of Oral Interaction: Gender and Status.
A discussion of oral language testing looks at the role of student attitudes, student and interviewer gender, and interviewer social status in the reliability of student assessments. Three small-scale studies investigating these factors are described. The first two involved only Arab students. In the first, it was found that students (all male) were generally given higher ratings by male interviewers. In the second, slightly larger study, both male and female students were rated higher by male interviewers. The third study's subjects were of varied cultural backgrounds, and an attempt was made to manipulate the students' perceptions of the relative status (high or neutral) of the interviewer. Preliminary results of this study suggest a similar, although less strong, tendency toward higher rating by male interviewers and, more surprising, toward higher ratings when the interviewer is not presented as high-status. Implications of such variables as possible predictors of performance are considered. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Sarinee, Anivan, Ed. Current Developments in Language Testing. Anthology Series 25. Paper presented at the Regional Language Centre Seminar on Language Testing and Language Programme Evaluation (April 9-12, 1990); see FL 021 757.