Professor Profiles

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Marilyn Abbott, PhD

Associate Professor

Education

Educational Psychology

About Me


Research

Marilyn Abbott is interested in the impact of second language learning and teaching strategies on learning outcomes. Her primary area of research concerns how second language reading strategies interact with first language and cultural background to affect test performance. She is also interested in teacher education, pedagogical practices in content area instruction that enhance learning, and issues of equity in access to academic content and assessment of English as a second language learners.

Teaching

Academic Position:

Associate Professor, Teaching English as a Second Language
Educational Psychology, University of Alberta

Scholarships and Awards:

International Language Testing Association’s (ILTA) 2007 Best Article of the Year Award for my article entitled “A confirmatory approach to differential item functioning on an ESL reading assessment” published in Language Testing, 24(1), 1-30. Awarded in 2009. “This award is given annually for the article that makes a significant contribution to the field of language testing. Nominations may include articles published in a refereed journal or book chapters” (retrieved May 25th, 2012 from ILTA’s website). For additional criteria on the award, please consult the following website - http://www.iltaonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=151&Itemid=163

Annual Recognition Award for Exceptional Contribution to Alberta Education, 2007. Awarded for the advancement of provincial assessment practices.

Annual Recognition Award for Exceptional Contribution to Alberta Education, 2005. Awarded for the advancement of provincial assessment practices.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Award for Doctoral Research in Second or Foreign Language Assessment, awarded by Educational Testing Services (ETS), Princeton, NJ for my dissertation proposal titled The identification and interpretation of group differences on the Canadian Language Benchmarks Assessment reading items, 2004.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship, Research Council of Canada, 2001 - 2003.

Isaac Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship, University of Alberta, 2000 - 2002.