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ERIC Number: EJ1119953
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0144-3410
Understanding the Growth of ESL Paragraph Writing Skills and Its Relationships with Linguistic Features
Aryadoust, Vahid
Educational Psychology, v36 n10 p1742-1770 2016
This study sought to examine the development of paragraph writing skills of 116 English as a second language university students over the course of 12 weeks and the relationship between the linguistic features of students' written texts as measured by Coh-Metrix--a computational system for estimating textual features such as cohesion and coherence--and the scores assigned by human raters. The raters' reliability was investigated using many-facet Rasch measurement (MFRM); the growth of students' paragraph writing skills was explored using a factor-of-curves latent growth model (LGM); and the relationships between changes in linguistic features and writing scores across time were examined by path modelling. MFRM analysis indicates that despite several misfits, students' and raters' performances and scale's functionality conformed to the expectations of MFRM, thus providing evidence of psychometric validity for the assessments. LGM shows that students' paragraph writing skills develop steadily during the course. The Coh-Metrix indices have more predictive power before and after the course than during it, suggesting that Coh-Metrix may struggle to discriminate between some ability levels. Whether a Coh-Metrix index gains or loses predictive power over time is argued to be partly a function of whether raters maintain or lose sensitivity to the linguistic feature measured by that index in their own assessment as the course progresses.
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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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Identifiers - Location: Australia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Flesch Kincaid Grade Level Formula
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