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ERIC Number: ED377532
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov-21
Pages: 24
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Using Collaborative Strategies To Validate the Intercultural ACCESS Test: Assessment of Communication Competency & English Speaking Skills.
Flores, Norma Landa
A crucial consideration in the development of equal representation in the academic, work, and civic life of the United States involves shifting away from the assumption that the traditional speech communication student is monocultural and that research methods must fit linear models of assessing teaching and learning communication competencies. "La Raza" researchers can use a variety of collaborative strategies to counter this assumption. A Chicana communication researcher's proposed revision of a speech course at Golden West College (GWC), California, which includes the in-class administration of the Intercultural Assessment of Communication Competency and English Speaking Skills (I ACCESS), was challenged by campus administrators in charge of matriculation. To gather data to validate the I ACCESS instrument at GWC, the researcher is using "community building" strategies, while the Speech Communication Department at GWC is conducting a series of workshops to review methods used in assessing communication competency and oral competency of students. Portions of the I ACCESS test are being incorporated into core course assessment forms. In the spirit of collaboration, changes are being made to existing assessment forms. By focusing on macrolinguistic rather than microlinguistic elements of encoding, the researcher shifts her strategy to a multicultural/intercultural research paradigm. Her department is working with a consultant to establish entry level oral communication expectations and to measure exit-level proficiency. Another strategy is to ask other speech educators to pilot-test I ACCESS and to pursue funding for local and state sources. Appendixes present the I ACCESS test, three revised skill assessment forms, and a list of competencies expected of students. (Contains 17 references). (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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