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Fairness, Justice and Language Assessment

Fairness, Justice and Language Assessment

Format: Paperback
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Home to the most innovative studies in its field, the Oxford Applied Linguistics series furthers research in English teaching and learning, and provides strong foundations for language pedagogy.

  • ISBN: 978-0-19-401708-4
  • Pages: 224
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 234x156 mm

This book has two goals, each related to the validity of language assessment. The first goal is to explore the difference between fairness and justice in language assessment. The authors distinguish internal and external dimensions of the equitable and just treatment of individuals taking language tests which are used as gatekeeping devices to determine access to education and employment, immigrant status, citizenship, and other rights. The second goal is to show how the extent of test fairness can be demonstrated and improved using the tools of psychometrics, in particular the models collectively known as Rasch measurement.

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The series attracts single or co-authored volumes from authors researching at the cutting edge of this dynamic field of interdisciplinary enquiry. The titles range from books that make such developments accessible to the non-specialist reader to those which explore in depth their relevance for the way language is to be conceived as a subject, and how courses and classroom activities are to be designed. As such, these books not only extend the field of applied linguistics itself and lend an additional significance to its enquiries, but also provide an indispensable professional foundation for language pedagogy and its practice.

The scope of the series includes:
  • second language acquisition
  • bilingualism and multi/plurilingualism
  • language pedagogy and teacher education
  • testing and assessment
  • language planning and policy
  • language internationalization
  • technology-mediated communication
  • discourse-, conversation-, and contrastive-analysis
  • pragmatics
  • stylistics
  • lexicography
  • translation

Reviews

  • McNamara et al.'s Fairness, Justice and Language Assessment constitutes a solid introduction to Rasch analysis...Being written in a straightforward and instructive manner, the book is accessible for students and scholars who wish to gain an elementary understanding of how Rasch models can be used to address issues of fairness. What makes this book particularly useful are the excellent supplementary materials through which the reader obtains a guided hands-on experience with the different Rasch models...Fairness, Justice and Language Assessment is generally well organised and particularly well written.
    - Dr. Carmen Ebner, Cambridge Assessment, Linguist List |a 13/11/2020

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Home to the most innovative studies in its field, the Oxford Applied Linguistics series furthers research in English teaching and learning, and provides strong foundations for language pedagogy.

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