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Author Shohamy, Elana Goldberg

Title The power of tests : a critical perspective on the uses of language tests / Elana Shohamy
Published Harlow, England ; New York : Longman, 2001


Description 1 online resource (xxvi, 182 pages)
Series Language in social life series
Language in social life series.
Contents Introduction ---- I. the power of tests --- II. Uses of tests: studies and cases --- III. Uses of tests: conclusions and interpretations --- IV. Democratic perspectives of testing ---- Epilogue ---- Appendixes
Summary "The Power of Tests applies a critical perspective of language tests by examining their uses and consequences in education and society and by viewing tests not as isolated events but rather as embedded in social, educational and political contexts." "The book is divided into four parts: the first part establishes the power of tests through echoing the voices of test takers, describing the features of the power of tests, and the temptations that tests offer to bureaucrats who use them for power and control. The second part reports on studies that provide empirical evidence about intentions and effects of a number of large scale language tests. The third part interprets the results by examining their consequences on education and society, arriving at a model of tests' use. The final section of the book offers strategies for controlling and minimising the misuses of tests by introducing the notion of Critical Language Testing which calls for the examination of the consequences and misuses of tests, monitoring of power and pointing to their unethical uses. It also provides a comprehensive discussion of the responsibilities of language testers, including a new Code of Ethics, as well as strategies for guarding and protecting the rights of test takers."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 172-176) and index
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Subject Language and languages -- Ability testing.
Examinations -- Social aspects
Power (Social sciences)
Language Tests
EDUCATION -- Administration -- General.
EDUCATION -- Organizations & Institutions.
Examinations -- Social aspects
Language and languages -- Ability testing
Power (Social sciences)
Sociale aspecten.
Anglais (langue) -- Langue seconde -- Acquisition.
Langue seconde -- Acquisition -- Tests.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781317875482