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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Research Methods for Language Teaching

Inquiry, Process, and Synthesis

ISBN 9781137563422
Publication Date February 2017
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Applied Linguistics for the Language Classroom

This book provides readers with a range of approaches and tools for thinking deeply about conducting research in their own language classrooms. The book's accessible style and content encourage language teachers to become part of a community focused on inquiry, equipping them with relevant terminology and concepts for their own teaching and research (inquiry, data collection, data analysis, bringing it all together). The reader is exposed to various research methods and examples, accompanied by pros and cons and rationales for each. This enables them to select which research approaches resonate most and are relevant to their own teaching. The book is designed to empower language teachers to engage in ongoing research, thus democratizing who might be considered a researcher. It includes a range of activities and reflections that can be adapted for both pre- and in-service language teachers in diverse language classrooms.

Netta Avineri is Assistant Professor of TESOL/TFL at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS). She serves as the MIIS Intercultural Competence Committee Chair, co-founded the MIIS Intercultural Digital Storytelling Project (sites.miis.edu/idsp), and is academic co-director for the Center for Social Impact Learning's Ambassador Corps international internship program.


Section I: Inquiry
1. How to ACE the Research Process
2. The Noun and the Verb of the Literature Review
3. Research Questions and Research Design: Concretizing Inquiry
4. Research Ethics: Reasons, Roles, Responsibilities, and Relationships

Section II: Data Collection
5. Making Questionnaires Work for You
6. Interviews, Focus Groups, and Reflections
7. Case Studies, Ethnography, and Visual Data
8. Transcription: Process and Product
9. Approaches to Collection of Quantitative Data

Section III: Data Analysis
10. Interpretive Analysis of Qualitative Data
11. Approaches to Analysis of Quantitative Data

Section IV: Bringing It All Together
12. Arguments, Implications, and Communities of Practice


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