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ERIC Number: EJ876398
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 38
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 60
ISSN: ISSN-1543-4303
Testing-Context Analysis: Assessment Is Just Another Part of Language Curriculum Development
Brown, James Dean
Language Assessment Quarterly, v5 n4 p275-312 2008
In keeping with the theme of the International Language Testing Association/Language Testing Research Colloquium Conference in 2008, "Focusing on the Core: Justifying the Use of Language Assessments to Stakeholders," I define "stakeholder-friendly tests," "defensible testing," and "testing-context analysis." I then go on to discuss the rational for stakeholder-friendly testing and testing-context analysis and delineate the stages (and steps) involved in any testing-context analysis as follows: (a) get ready to do the testing-context analysis (define the purpose of the test, delimit the stakeholders, decide on options, recognize constraints, and select data collection procedures), (b) do the testing-context analysis (collect data, analyze data, and interpret results), and (c) use the testing-context analysis (determine the impact of the results on testing, implement testing procedures and decision making, report on the testing-context analysis, and decide on directions for further research). I also briefly describe and discuss an example testing-context analysis (the ongoing Eiken testing-context analysis) that illustrates how this framework can be applied. I end by considering the benefits that can be derived from testing-context analysis and how it can help justify the use of language assessments to stakeholders. (Contains 13 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hawaii