TITLE

RESEARCHER RESEARCH: AN ALTERNATIVE IN LANGUAGE TESTING RESEARCH

AUTHOR(S)
Sadeghi, Karim
PUB. DATE
September 2004
SOURCE
Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal;Sep2004, Vol. 4 Issue 2, p85
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Validation in language testing in general and in cloze testing in particular has been mainly based on criterion-related validity in addition to construct and content validity. As the validity of the former validation technique in which tests are considered either valid or invalid based on their correlations with other supposedly valid criterion tests is seriously under question, the present study introduces a new qualitative technique for validation purposes. Researcher research, as it is called here, refers the researcher's investigation of his/her own internal thought processes at the same time as he/she is taking a test. The idiosyncratic feature of this technique is that while researching others, the inferences of what is happening are only made indirectly and may therefore be wrong, using this technique, the researcher, being involved in the task, himself/herself directly experiences what others can only observe. Such a technique was applied to 11 cloze tests, constructed out of the researcher's previous writings. The cloze-taking processes as experienced by the researcher reveal that different cloze items make different demands on the test-taker. Further applications of the technique and also implications for cloze validity as a measure of reading comprehension are discussed.
ACCESSION #
15940295

 

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