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English Language Education

The Sociocultural Activity of High Stakes Standardised Language Testing

TOEIC Washback in a South Korean Context

Authors: Booth, Dawn Karen

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  • Draws upon sociocultural theory as a lens through which to explore standardized testingProvides an up to date summary and analysis of the TOEIC test 
  • Outlines a practical sociocultural framework for data collection and analysis
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This book explores the influence of high stakes standardised testing within the context of South Korea. South Korea is regarded as a shining example of success in educational achievement and, as this book reveals, pressurised standardised testing has been a major contributing factor to its success. This unique country provides an excellent setting from which to explore the powerful relationship that exists between testing and learning and can advance our understanding of which factors and test conditions will positively and negatively influence learning. This book follows the test activity of a group of Korean university students preparing for the TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) and posits a revised model of the influence of testing on learning. It calls for a more socially situated view of tests and test-takers considered in relation to the sociocultural, historical, political and economic contexts in which they are embedded.

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“The book provides an in-depth and impressive review of washback in language assessment and reports on extensive qualitative studies of multiple Korean test takers who were preparing for the TOEIC test. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the book integrates washback as a sociocultural phenomenon, Action Theory, and second language acquisition and portrays an interconnected network of factors that influence students’ test preparation activities. I recommend the book to anyone with an interest in washback in language assessment.” (Vahid Aryadoust, National Institute of Education,Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

“The book takes us to a new dimension of understanding the nature of the effect of language assessment on learners and opens a new debate on the role of language assessment for education. All the serious researchers and practitioners in the field should own the copy on their bookshelves.” (Yoshinori Watanabe, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

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eBook $79.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-70446-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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Hardcover $99.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-70445-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $99.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-09960-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Sociocultural Activity of High Stakes Standardised Language Testing
Book Subtitle
TOEIC Washback in a South Korean Context
Authors
Series Title
English Language Education
Series Volume
12
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-70446-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-70446-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-70445-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-09960-2
Series ISSN
2213-6967
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 256
Number of Illustrations
27 b/w illustrations
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