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Volume 9 Number 1, 2018
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Shi, L. (2018). Eye-tracking Technology and its Application in Chinese Teaching and Learning Research. Journal of Technology and Chinese Language Teaching, 9(1), 96-107.

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As an important research method in the field of reading research and human-computer interaction, eye-tracking research has recently attracted increasing attention from educators. Thus, more related research on the topic has been published. Selecting three areas closely related to Chinese teaching, this paper reviews the development of eye-tracking research in recent years, and shows its applications and discoveries in Chinese reading, reading strategies, and synchronous online language teaching. It also demonstrates diverse research paradigms and forms of conducting eye-tracking research in language education. This article first introduces a brief history of eye movement research, focusing on the achievements that eye-tracking research has achieved in both Chinese reading and reading strategies. How and what eye-tracking research can contribute to more in-depth analysis of online synchronous Chinese teaching are then exemplified by two innovative eye-tracking studies (Stickler & Shi, 2015; Shi, Stickler, & Lloyd, 2017). The article also provides practical suggestions for Chinese language educators interested in conducting eye movement studies in the future.

眼动研究作为阅读研究和人际交互领域一个重要的研究方法近来也进入广大教育者的视野,促使相关研究激增。本文选取三个与中文教学密切相关的眼动研究领域,回顾近年来的发展,展现其在汉语阅读,阅读策略和实时网络语言教学(synchronous online language teaching )方面的应用和发现,同时显示眼动研究在范式和形式上的多种可能性。本文首先简介眼动研究的历史,随后侧重展现眼动研究在汉语阅读和阅读策略这两个方面已经取得的成果。然后以两个混合式眼动研究(Stickler & Shi, 2015; Shi, Stickler, & Lloyd, 2017)为例来阐述如何创新地使用眼动技术对网络实时汉语教学进行深层次的分析和研究。文章也将为有意开展眼动研究的中文教育者提供一些实用的操作建议。

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