Oxford Applied Linguistics: Second Language Research Methods by Herbert W. Seliger

Oxford Applied Linguistics: Second Language Research Methods

byHerbert W. Seliger, Elana Shohamy

Paperback | March 1, 1990

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Based on a set of four research parameters, this book discusses the development of research questions and hypotheses, naturalistic and experimental research, data collection, and validation of research instruments. Each chapter includes examples and activities.

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Herbert W. Seliger is at City University, New York. Elana Shohamy is at University of Tel-Aviv.

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Title:Oxford Applied Linguistics: Second Language Research MethodsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:276 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.71 inPublished:March 1, 1990Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0194370674

ISBN - 13:9780194370677

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsIntroductionChapter 1: What is research?IntroductionResearch as a natural processScientific research and common senseFinding answers: How do we know something?Basic, applied, and practical researchSummaryActivitiesReferencesChapter 2: A paradigm for second language researchResearch and the phenomena of second languageFour parameters for second language researchParameter 1: Synthetic and analytic approachesParameter 2: Heuristic and deductive objectivesParameter 3: Control and manipulation of the research contextParameter 4: Data and data collectionSummaryActivitiesReferencesChapter 3: The preparatory stages of researchIntroductionWhere do research questions come from?Phase 1: The general questionPhase 2: Focusing the questionPhase 3: Deciding on an objective or purposePhase 4: Formulating the research plan or the hypothesisSummaryActivitiesReferencesChapter 4: Contextualization of researchThe what and why of contextualizationLocating the sources for the literature reviewReading the literatureOrganizing and reporting the review of the literatureSummaryActivitiesReferencesChapter 5: The components of researchThe need for a planThe research plan and the type of researchMaking predictions and controlling variablesMaking the research more effectiveTypes of data and variablesInternal and external validitySummaryActivitiesReferencesChapter 6: Research design: qualitative and descriptive researchIntroductionQualitative researchDescriptive researchMultivariate and correlational researchSummaryActivitiesReferencesChapter 7: Research design: experimental researchIntroductionThe major components of experimental researchSingle group designsDesigns using control groupsFactorial designsQuasi-experimental designsSeparate sample designsSummaryActivitiesReferencesChapter 8: Data and data collection proceduresIntroductionThe data collection parameterDescription of data collection proceduresAssuring the quality of the data and the data collection proceduresUsing, adapting, and developing data collection proceduresSummaryActivitiesReferencesChapter 9: Analyzing the dataData analysis and the design of the studyAnalyzing qualitative research dataAnalyzing descriptive research dataAnalyzing correlational research dataAnalyzing multivariate research dataAnalyzing experimental research dataUsing the computer for data analysisSummaryActivitiesReferencesChapter 10: Putting it all togetherReporting, summarizing, and interpreting the resultsReporting researchClosing the research cycle?SummaryActivitiesReferencesbr / Appendix: References for further reading Index

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This book provides a clear, comprehensive, and authoritative guide to research methods in second language and bilingualism.