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ERIC Number: EJ819986
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0019-042X
Concurrent Think-Aloud Protocol as a Socially Situated Construct
Sasaki, Tomomi
International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching (IRAL), v46 n4 p349-374 Nov 2008
Verbal report protocols have been considered as direct representations of individual cognitive processes. The present study examined the social nature of verbal reports, particularly focusing on whether and in what ways concurrent think-aloud (TA) protocol data are recipient-designed. The results of this study suggest that verbal reports elicited by TA do contain interactive and social features, and that the participants orient to a listener while carrying out the protocol. Treating verbal report protocols as solely cognitive products under represents what they actually reveal. Protocols are socially and interactively constituted, and this fact has to be taken into consideration when analyzing TA data. The strong orientations to the listener observed in this study suggest that a different recipient might evoke different content or types of protocol, just as other social factors could influence the data.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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