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ERIC Number: EJ1098281
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1083-6470
Assessing the Watson-Barker Listening Test (WBLT)-Form C in Measuring Listening Comprehension of Post-Secondary Hispanic-American Students
Worthington, Debra L.; Keaton, Shaughan; Cook, John; Fitch-Hauser, Margaret; Powers, William G.
Journal of Research in Education, v24 n2 p192-204 Fall-Win 2014
The Watson-Barker Listening Test (WBLT) is one of the most popular measures of listening comprehension. However, participants in studies utilizing this scale have been almost exclusively Anglo-American. At the same time, previous research questions the psychometric properties of the test. This study addressed both of these issues by testing the psychometric properties of the scale with Hispanic-American postsecondary students. Results suggest that the measure does not meet the proposed five-factor structure and that the items hold little relationship to one another. Thus we recommend researchers and educators choose alternative means of measuring listening comprehension.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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