Assessing confidence in the Chinese learner.

Bruce, Stephen Derek (2004) Assessing confidence in the Chinese learner. In: 8th CAA Conference, Loughborough: Loughborough University, 2004, Loughborough University, Loughborough, United Kingdom.

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This short paper firstly examines the cultural issues of confidence-based assessment by observing a Chinese learner group completing a multiple choice test in English as a Foreign Language (EFL). The results show no indication that the Chinese students behaved differently from their UK counterparts. The second aim of this pilot study is to examine whether good confidence judgement is a measure, and so potentially a positive mediator of academic self-concept. Student responses to the confident-based test were compared with their responses to an academic self-description questionnaire. Scores from the ‘perception of ability & achievement in EFL’ scale show a positive correlation with the number of correct answers selected with high confidence. Initial results indicate that as a learning tool, confidence-based assessment may have a valuable role in the development of positive academic behaviours, for younger learners in particular.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Chinese Learners; confidence-based assessment;
University Divisions/Research Centres: The Business School > School of Accounting, Economics and Statistics
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 370 Education > 378 Higher education
Library of Congress Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Item ID: 5733
Depositing User: Mrs Lyn Gibson
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2012 15:59
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2012 14:23

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