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What has been assessed in writing and how? Empirical evidence from Assessing Writing (2000–2018)
Yao Zheng1; Shulin Yu2
2019-10-01
Source PublicationAssessing Writing
ISSN1075-2935
Volume42
Abstract

Using content analysis, this review study examines 219 empirical research articles published in Assessing Writing (2000–2018) to give a view of the development of writing assessment over the past 25 years. It reports overall and periodic analyses (2000–2009 and 2010–2018) of the contextual, theoretical, and methodological orientations of those articles to gain a comprehensive understanding of what has been assessed in writing and how. Findings indicate that the typical research contexts and participants were L1 undergraduates in U.S. universities/colleges, and the main research foci were validity and reliability, feedback, and testing performance. Among the theoretical orientations from a measurement-theory perspective and a writing-theory perspective, the most common orientations were Generalizability Theory, writing in a sociocultural context, and writing as a cognitive process. Research methodologies were predominately quantitative and text data represented the main source. Periodical analyses show a trend of studies taking place outside North America, covering more macro-contexts, investigating raters, using a combination of methodologies, and drawing on experimental data.

KeywordL2 Writing Research Methods Review Article Writing Assessment Writing Evaluation Writing Feedback
DOI10.1016/j.asw.2019.100421
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Indexed BySSCI
Language英語English
WOS Research AreaEducation & Educational Research ; Linguistics
WOS SubjectEducation & Educational Research ; Linguistics
WOS IDWOS:000501615600004
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionFaculty of Education
Corresponding AuthorShulin Yu
Affiliation1.Faculty of Education,University of Macau,Room 3017, E33, Av. da Universidade, Taipa, Macau,China
2.Faculty of Education,University of Macau,Room 3007, E33, Av. da Universidade, Taipa, Macau,China
First Author AffilicationFaculty of Education
Corresponding Author AffilicationFaculty of Education
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Yao Zheng,Shulin Yu. What has been assessed in writing and how? Empirical evidence from Assessing Writing (2000–2018)[J]. Assessing Writing,2019,42.
APA Yao Zheng,&Shulin Yu.(2019).What has been assessed in writing and how? Empirical evidence from Assessing Writing (2000–2018).Assessing Writing,42.
MLA Yao Zheng,et al."What has been assessed in writing and how? Empirical evidence from Assessing Writing (2000–2018)".Assessing Writing 42(2019).
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