Oxford Handbooks for Language Teachers: Doing Second Language Research

Paperback | October 21, 2002

byJames Dean Brown, Theodore S. Rodgers

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Doing Second Language Research provides an accessible introduction to language learning research, and a 'feel' for what research activities are like, by engaging the reader in several roles within a variety of mini-studies across a range of research design types, both quantitative andqualitative. Roles include that of research subject, research organizer, research data, research data collector, research data analyst, and research reporter. The book systematically explains the characteristics and purposes of various types of research, terminology, the logic underlying selection,and the steps typical of each type of research design. It also offers an intoduction to some of the classic research studies by engaging readers in thinking about and discussing these studies as well as participating as subjects in adapted versions of them.

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Doing Second Language Research provides an accessible introduction to language learning research, and a 'feel' for what research activities are like, by engaging the reader in several roles within a variety of mini-studies across a range of research design types, both quantitative andqualitative. Roles include that of research subject,...

Dr. Theodore Rodgers has been a faculty member at the University of Hawaii since 1968 and has been Professor of Psycholinguistics since 1976. In Hawaii, he has served on the faculties of Education, English, English as a Second Language, Information Sciences and Psychology. For fifteen years he directed the Hawaii English Program, the ...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:October 21, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780194371742

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AcknowledgmentsPrefacePART ONE: Introduction1 The nature of research 3Introducing research 3Experiencing research 3Compiling research data 6Analyzing research data 6Designing research 10Interpreting definitions of research 15The significance of defining research 16Reflecting on research definitions 17SummaryPART TWO: Qualitative research2 Case study research: developmental research 21Introducing case study research 21Experiencing case study research 22Compiling case study data 27Analyzing case study data 30Reporting your results 32Designing case study research 36Interpreting case study research 43Significance of case study research 47Reflecting on case study research 49Summary 513 Introspection research: verbal protocols 53Introducing introspective research 53Experiencing introspective research 57Compiling introspective data 61Analyzing introspective data 63Designing your own introspective research study 69Interpreting introspective research 71Significance of introspection as a scholarly focus 74Reflecting on introspective research 75Summary 784 Classroom research: interaction analysis 79Introducing classroom research 79Experiencing classroom research 80Compiling classroom research data 87Analyzing classroom interaction data 90Designing your own classroom research 94Interpreting classroom research 101Significance of classroom research 105Reflecting on classroom research 110Summary 112PART THREE: Quantitative research5 Descriptive statistics research: survey analysis 117Introducing descriptive statistics research 117Experiencing descriptive statistics research 118Compiling descriptive data 122Analyzing descriptive data 122Designing your own descriptive research 142Interpreting descriptive research 147Significance of descriptive research on teacher beliefs 151Reflecting on descriptive research 154Summary 1566 Correlational research: language learning/teaching attitudes 157Introducing correlational research 157Experiencing correlational research 159Compiling correlational data 162Analyzing correlational data 166Designing your own correlational research 180Interpreting correlational research 184Significance of correlational research comparing students and teachers attitudes 191Reflecting on correlational research 192Summary 1937 Quasi-experimental research: vocabulary learning techniques 195Introducing experimental research 195Experiencing experimental research 195Compiling experimental data 201Analyzing experimental data 201Designing your own experimental studies 211Interpreting experimental studies 219Significance of experimental research in teaching vocabulary 222Reflecting on experimental research 223Summary 224PART FOUR: Conclusion8 Course evaluation: combining research types 227Introducing evaluation research 227Experiencing evaluation research 228Compiling evaluation data 233Analyzing evaluation data 233Reporting evaluation results 238Designing your own evaluation studies 241Interpreting evaluation studies 245Significance of evaluation studies 247Reflecting on evaluation research 250Summary 256Answer keys 257Chapter 2 257Chapter 6 258Chapter 7 260Appendices 264Chapter 3 264Chapter 4 271Chapter 7 278Chapter 8 280Glossary 287Bibliography 295Index 309