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ERIC Number: EJ1047521
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1345-8353
Self-Assessment of Topic Development in Written Production among High School Students
Oi, Yoko Suganuma
Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, v18 n1 p145-169 2014
The present study mainly focuses on the topic development in student written production through the consistency between student self-assessment and teacher assessment. In the present study, topic development means "cohesion", "overall organization", and "coherence". It proposes the next hypotheses: (i) Students could assess cohesive devices such as discourse markers as well as teachers do. (ii) Students could assess the overall organization pattern of their written production as well as teachers do. (iii) Students could assess the coherence of their written production as well as teachers do. 169 Japanese high school students whose ages ranged from 16 to 18 years old were asked to write an essay with about 150 words in 30 minutes. One American English teacher and one Japanese English teacher also participated in the study. Teachers and students used the same self-assessment sheet written in both English and Japanese. And then 82 students' written production was chosen as the subject based on the number of the words. They were divided into three groups referring to teachers' assessment. The results show that the writing patterns in terms of topic development are divided into eight patterns. The self-assessment of the students is not different from teacher assessment in the aspect of overall organization. However, the consistency between teacher assessment and student self-assessment was not found in the assessment of other cohesive devices and overall coherence.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan