ERIC Number: ED386948
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Assessing Learner Strategies Using Computers: New Insights and Limitations.
This paper discusses the assessment of learner strategies in the computer-assisted language learning context. It first reviews empirical studies, including two recent projects that have used the computer to record the interactive process where second language learners demonstrate different on-line language learning behavior, operationalized as types of learner strategies. Types of strategies included cognitive and metcognitive strategies such as resourcing, monitoring, practicing, or self-evaluation. The paper then illustrates the detailed process of data gathering, unitization, and interpretation. The findings and data collection techniques provide researchers in other fields with a new horizon where different sources of second-language learner data can be triangulated to help uncover the second language acquisition phenomena. Advantages of the powerful computer recording capacities lie in its accuracy, real-time immediacy, reliability, and compact storage space. It is argued that computer-based data collection methods are meant to complement other traditional methods, especially when the former are constrained. (Contains 28 references.) (NAV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (Long Beach, CA, March 25-28, 1995).