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ERIC Number: ED474471
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 21
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Learner Diary Research with "Cambridge" Examination Candidates.
Parkinson, Brian; Benson, Cathy; Jenkins, Michael
Edinburgh Working Papers in Applied Linguistics, n12 p45-63 2003
This paper describes a research project in which volunteers, self-selected from IALS students preparing for one or more of the Cambridge English Examinations, kept journals. Following guidelines, they reflected on their in-class and outside-of-class experiences in the 8 weeks leading up to the exams. They also attended four biweekly meetings with researchers. Study data included the journals, audiotapes of the meetings, and coding sheets that coded information from the meetings. Results highlighted the inadequacy of the notions of "anxiety" and "strategy," which are commonly used by journal researchers. Overall, the students had thought quite a bit about at least some of the issues relating to their learning. They were actively reviewing their behavior; analyzing their strengths, weaknesses, and preferences; and making principled choices. They were all articulate and self-aware, and they were not in need of life-changing advice. (Contains 23 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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