Understanding learner trait, test and computer anxiety in the context of computer-based testing

Elena C. Papanastasiou, Aimilia Tzanavari, Patricia Lowe

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Abstract

Testing is an integral part of the learning process that aims to estimate the learner's abilities as accurately and efficiently as possible. This estimation frequently is influenced by factors such as the learner's emotional state and traits. This chapter looks into the area of Computer-based Testing (CBT), visiting the relevant literature on the subject, and then investigates the particular emotional states of learner trait, test and computer anxiety in that context. A study was carried out and revealed that although both trait and test anxiety as variables do not significantly affect learner performance, computer anxiety does. Finally, future research trends in this area are outlined.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCognitive and Emotional Processes in Web-Based Education
Subtitle of host publicationIntegrating Human Factors and Personalization
PublisherIGI Global
Pages134-145
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9781605663920
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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