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Is field dependence/independence a source of test bias in Iranian EFL learners' cloze test performance?
Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics (2013)
  • Zahra Alimorad, Shiraz University
Abstract
Recent language testing research investigates factors other than language proficiency that may be responsible for systematic variance in language test performance. One such factor is the test takers' cognitive styles. The present study was carried out with the aim of finding the probable effects of Iranian EFL learners' cognitive styles on their performance on cloze tests. For purposes of the present study, it was hypothesized that field (in)dependence would introduce systematic variance into Iranian EFL learners' cloze test performance. 30 female students all majoring in English Translation at Shiraz Islamic Azad University took the Group Embedded Figures Test (GEFT), a reduced version of TOEFL test, and a cloze test. The results of the present study provided evidence that the field-dependent (FD, hereafter) subjects performed the same as their field independent (FI, hereafter) counterparts on the cloze test. It was, therefore, concluded that test takers' cognitive styles may not be viewed as a source of systematic variance in performance on cloze tests and hence, may not be a source of test bias.
Keywords
  • cloze test,
  • cognitive styles,
  • field dependence,
  • field independence,
  • systematic variance,
  • test bias
Disciplines
Publication Date
2013
Citation Information
Zahra Alimorad. "Is field dependence/independence a source of test bias in Iranian EFL learners' cloze test performance?" Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics Vol. 17 Iss. 2 (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/zahra_alimorad/7/