Doing Research in Applied Linguistics

Doing Research in Applied Linguistics : Realities, Dilemmas and Solutions

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What are the obstacles and problems in carrying out research? How do you overcome issues of validity, reliability and ethicality? Doing Research in Applied Linguistics: Realities, dilemmas and solutions addresses these issues and shows the reader how to undertake research whilst dealing with the challenges of this research involving real people in real settings. Each chapter features an experienced researcher focusing on a problem in a research project, and outlines the steps involved in solving the problem and completing a successful, and publishable, project. This book is essential reading for students studying research methods or for those embarking on their first research project.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 19.05mm | 430.91g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1st ed.
  • 1 black & white tables, 1 black & white halftones, 10 black & white line drawings
  • 1138947369
  • 9781138947368
  • 682,499

About Jim McKinley

Heath Rose is an Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Oxford, UK. Jim McKinley is a Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at the University of Bath, UK.
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Table of contents

Foreword by Sandra L. McKay Editorial Introduction * Realities of doing research in applied linguistics Heath Rose & Jim McKinley Part I Responding to problems in the research planning stage * Studying down versus studying up: Selecting whom to research Ryuko Kubota * Responding to theoretical shifts in research design Heath Rose * Overcoming problematic positionality and researcher objectivity Jim McKinley * Doing collaborative research: Challenges and opportunities Daniel V. Bommarito, Paul Kei Matsuda, Jianing Liu, Juval V. Racelis, Tai-Min Wu, Jing Xia, and Yuching Jill Yang Part II Responding to problems during data collection * Dealing with data collection setbacks and reframing research questions John Hedgcock & Heekyeong Lee * Dealing with participant attrition in longitudinal studies Corinne A. Seals * Dealing with low response rates in quantitative studies Averil Coxhead * Dealing with multilingualism in quantitative research Gessica DeAngelis Part III Researching vulnerable groups * It isn't child's play: Conducting research with children as participants Victoria Murphy & Ernesto Macaro * Conducting longitudinal fieldwork among adult refugees Lorna Carson * Researching people with disabilities and illnesses: ethical dimensions Hanako Okada * Conducting research with deaf sign language users Lorraine Leeson, Jemina Napier, Robert Skinner, Teresa Lynch, Lucia Venturi and Haaris Sheikh * Researching your own students: Negotiating the dual teacher-researcher role Nicola Galloway Part IV Responding to problems during data analysis 15. Dealing with longitudinal quantitative designs and data analysis Aek Phakiti 16. Managing the uncomfortable side of narrative data and analysis Matthew T. Prior 17. Grappling with originality and grounding in qualitative data analysis Jessica G. Briggs 18. Negotiating the relationship between theory and practice in the fields of literacy and language Constant Leung & Brian Street Part V Responding to problems in the reporting of research 20. Dealing with controversial findings Roslyn Appleby 21. Reporting on politically sensitive issues: The case of telling the truth about early L2 instruction David Singleton & Simone E. Pfenninger 22. Dealining with criticism when publishing qualitative research Xuesong Gao 23. Representing the self honestly in published research Christine Pearson Casanave 24. Publishing from a dissertation: One book, or many articles? Brian Paltridge Afterword: Strategies for getting the study published by Andrew Cohen
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"This informative and scholarly book presents both challenges and solutions in current applied linguistics research. The 23 chapters range broadly and deeply across the diverse terrains of contemporary linguistics. The outcome is a set of highly authoritative accounts of ethically responsive and politically attuned strategies for researchers. Highly recommended!"Patrick Danaher, University of Southern Queensland and Central Queensland University, Australia"Students of applied linguistics are invariably frustrated by the gaping lacuna between the rosy, trouble-free picture painted by their methodology textbooks and the intractable messiness of real research they find themselves in. This excellent collection of contributions by seasoned applied linguists takes novice researchers behind the scenes and shares rarely heard stories of how thorny and often unexpected problems have been overcome in a creative, productive, and rigorous way."Hu Guangwei, National Institute of Education, Singapore"This book is an excellent introduction into the imperfect world of applied linguistics research. It offers advice and solutions to many problems that applied linguists face while conducting their research. It will be an essential point of reference for postgraduate research students and will make a worthwhile addition to the libraries of established academics."Oksana Afitska, University of Sheffield, UK
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