BRUCE, S., 2004. Assessing Confidence in the Chinese Learner. IN: Proceedings of the 8th CAA Conference, Loughborough: Loughborough University
This short paper firstly examines the cultural issues of confidence-based
assessment by observing a Chinese learner group completing a multiple
choice test in English as a Foreign Language (EFL). The results show no
indication that the Chinese students behaved differently from their UK
counterparts. The second aim of this pilot study is to examine whether good
confidence judgement is a measure, and so potentially a positive mediator of
academic self-concept. Student responses to the confident-based test were
compared with their responses to an academic self-description questionnaire.
Scores from the ‘perception of ability & achievement in EFL’ scale show a
positive correlation with the number of correct answers selected with high
confidence. Initial results indicate that as a learning tool, confidence-based
assessment may have a valuable role in the development of positive
academic behaviours, for younger learners in particular.