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Dimensions of test performance in English as a foreign language in different European settings: A two-level confirmatory factor analytical approach.
Göteborgs universitet.
University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2691-9731
Göteborgs universitet.
2015 (English)In: Educational Research and Evaluation, ISSN 1380-3611, E-ISSN 1744-4187, Vol. 21, no 3, p. 188-208Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The present study explored data from a survey of students’ performance in English at theend of compulsory school in 6 European countries. The aim was to gain deeperknowledge of the internal structure of the test and to discuss similarities anddifferences between the different settings regarding patterns in language proficiency.The analyses, conducted by a factor analytic approach and 2-level structural equationmodelling (SEM) techniques, indicated an overall English achievement factor at bothstudent and school levels. Furthermore, an effect of format differences at the studentlevel, constituted by a factor related to tasks demanding constructed response, wasfound. Three correlated modality factors related to listening, linguistic, and readingskills were identified but not further elaborated on as they improved the model onlymodestly. Considerable differences in between-school variation were found in thedifferent settings. The results are discussed in relation to the instrument, studentachievements, and the state of English in the participating countries.

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2015. Vol. 21, no 3, p. 188-208
Keywords [en]
patterns of English proficiency, European context, two-level SEM techniques, internal structure of test, similarities and differences, dimensionality
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Teacher Education and Education Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-8418DOI: 10.1080/13803611.2015.1021259OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-8418DiVA, id: diva2:893166
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Swedish Research CouncilAvailable from: 2016-01-12 Created: 2016-01-12 Last updated: 2018-04-28Bibliographically approved

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