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Reconsidering Context in Language Assessment
Transdisciplinary Perspectives, Social Theories, and Validity



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ISBN 9780815395072
April 7, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
352 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume reconsiders the problem of context in language testing and other modes of assessment from the perspective of transdisciplinarity. Transdisciplinary assessment research brings together collaborators who draw on the strengths of their differing backgrounds and expertise in order to address high-stakes complex socially-relevant problems. Traditional treatments of context in language assessment research have generally been informed by individualist cognitive theories within measurement and psychometrics. The additive potential of alternative social theories, including theories of genre, situated learning, distributed cognition, and intercultural communication, has largely been overlooked. In this book, the benefits of socio-theoretical reconsiderations of context are discussed and further exemplified in transdisciplinary research studies that investigate the use of assessment in classroom and workplace settings. The book offers a renewed view of context in arguments for the validity of assessment practices, and will be of interest to assessment researchers, practitioners, and students in applied linguistics, education, educational psychology, language testing, and other related disciplines and fields.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Theory, research, reflection, and action: What is this book about?

Janna Fox and Natasha Artemeva

Part I

Building Foundations for Transdisciplinary Dialogue:

New Directions in Language Assessment Research

Chapter One

The problem of context in language assessment: Validity, social theories, and a transdisciplinary research agenda

Janna Fox and Natasha Artemeva

Chapter Two

Validity as an evolving rhetorical art: Context and consequence in assessment

Janna Fox with Natasha Artemeva

Chapter Three

Unpacking the conundrum of context in language assessment: Why do social theories matter?

Janna Fox and Natasha Artemeva

Chapter Four

The contributions of language assessment research:

Evolving considerations of context, constructs, and validity

Janna Fox with Ana Lúcia Tavares Monteiro and Natasha Artemeva

 

Part II

Transdisciplinary research in practice: Building connections

Chapter Five

Clarifying the testing of aural/oral proficiency in an aviation workplace context:

Social theories and transdisciplinary partnerships in test development and validation

Ana Lúcia Tavares Monteiro and Janna Fox

Chapter Six

Validation of a rating scale in a post-admission diagnostic assessment:

A Rhetorical Genre Studies perspective

Janna Fox and Natasha Artemeva

Chapter Seven

Social theories and transdisciplinarity: Reflections on the learning potential of three technologically mediated learning spaces

Peggy Hartwick and Janna Fox

 

Part III

Transdisciplinarity in practice: Moving the research agenda forward

Chapter Eight

Language assessment in the wild

Janna Fox with Natasha Artemeva

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Author(s)

Biography

Janna Fox is Professor Emerita of Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies in the School of Linguistics and Language Studies, Carleton University. Her research interests include language assessment (test development, diagnostic and portfolio assessment); the consequences of assessment use on teaching, learning, policy and decision-making; and transdisciplinary partnerships in validation research.

Natasha Artemeva is Professor of Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies in the School of Linguistics and Language Studies, Carleton University. Her research interests include social theories of learning and practice, genre studies, disciplinary and professional communication, forensic linguistics, and research ethics.