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Non-verbal Effects in Oral Testing

G.M. Seddon, M.A. Pedrosa

The investigation is intended to determine whether non-verbal effects such as appearance and body language can result in a difference in the scores given to students' oral answers to oral questions. A sample of 14-15-year-old students answered a set of typical science questions orally and was assessed by two pairs of experienced teachers. One pair put the questions and assessed the students in a face-to-face situation. The other assessed the same answers out-of-sight using a radio link. A comparison of the scores from these two different conditions of assessment indicated that the scores were enhanced as a result of non-verbal effects.

British Educational Research Journal 16 (3), 305-310 (1990)

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