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ERIC Number: EJ1075829
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Pages: 35
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0261-4448
Review of Washback Research Literature within Kane's Argument-Based Validation Framework
Cheng, Liying; Sun, Youyi; Ma, Jia
Language Teaching, v48 n4 p436-470 Oct 2015
No area of language assessment research in the past 20 years has received a greater increase in attention than washback research. Beginning with the seminal work of Alderson & Wall (Alderson & Wall 1993; Wall & Alderson 1993), an evolving body of empirical washback studies has been conducted worldwide, especially in countries where English is not the dominant language. A systematic search of the pertinent literature between 1993 and 2013 identified a total of 123 publications consisting of 36 review articles and 87 empirical studies. The focus of this review is on the empirical studies. A further breakdown of these empirical studies reveals 11 books and monographs, 27 doctoral dissertations, 40 journal articles, and 9 book chapters. This intensity of research activity underscores the timeliness and importance of this research topic and highlights its maturity, which in turn calls for this systematic review.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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