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ERIC Number: EJ805196
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-1362-1688
Automated Writing Evaluation: Defining the Classroom Research Agenda
Warschauer, Mark; Ware, Paige
Language Teaching Research, v10 n2 p157-180 2006
With the advent of English as a global language, the ability to write well in English across diverse settings and for different audiences has become an imperative in second language education programmes throughout the world. Yet the teaching of second language writing is often hindered by the great amount of time and skill needed to evaluate repeated drafts of student writing. Online "Automated Writing Evaluation" programmes have been developed as a way to meet this challenge, and the scoring engines driving such programmes have been analysed in a considerable array of psychometric studies. However, relatively little research has been conducted on how AWE is used in the classroom and the results achieved with such use. In this article, we analyse recent developments in automated writing evaluation, explain the bases on which AWE systems operate, synthesize research with these systems, and propose a multifaceted process/product research programme on the instructional use of AWE. We explore this emerging area of inquiry by proposing a range of potential questions, methodologies and analytical tools that can define such a research agenda. (Contains 2 tables and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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