The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in Applied Linguistics

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Jim McKinley, Heath Rose
Routledge, Dec 6, 2019 - Education - 530 pages

The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in Applied Linguistics provides a critical survey of the methodological concepts, designs, instruments and types of analysis that are used within the broad field of applied linguistics. With more than 40 chapters written by leading and emerging scholars, this book problematizes and theorizes applied linguistics research, incorporating numerous multifaceted methodological considerations and pointing to the future of good practice in research. Topics covered include:

  • key concepts and constructs in research methodology, such as sampling strategies and mixed methods research;
  • research designs such as experimental research, case study research, and action research;
  • data collection methods, from questionnaires and interviews to think-aloud protocols and data elicitation tasks;
  • data analysis methods, such as use of R, inferential statistical analysis, and qualitative content analysis;
  • current considerations in applied linguistics research, such as a need for transparency and greater incorporation of multilingualism in research; and
  • recent innovations in research methods related to multimodality, eye-tracking, and advances in quantitative methods.

The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in Applied Linguistics is key reading for both experienced and novice researchers in Applied Linguistics as well as anyone undertaking study in this area.


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theorizing research methods in the golden age of applied linguistics
Methods and approaches in language policy research
Descriptive statistics in data analysis
problematizing the issue
Ensuring translation fidelity in multilingual research
Researching multilingually in applied linguistics
Systematic reviews in applied linguistics
capturing the dynamics of group interaction
Thinkaloud protocols
Stimulated recall
implications for effective implementation
recording lived experiences
collecting insider perspectives in second language research
Oral language elicitation tasks in applied linguistics research

how far can individuals go in language policy?
Advancing quantitative research methods
Interdisciplinary research
Experimental and quasiexperimental designs
making language learning complexities visible
origins features accountability and criticality
Autoethnography and critical ethnography
Action research in language education
Methodological issues in critical discourse studies
Integrating corpus tools into mixed methods research
Eye tracking as a data collection method
Using statistical analysis software R SPSS
Inferential statistics in quantitative data analysis
current issues
Qualitative content analysis
Analysis of corpora
Multimodal Interaction Analysis
Toward an expansive interactional analysis

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About the author (2019)

Jim McKinley is an associate professor of applied linguistics and TESOL at the Institute of Education, University College London, UK.

Heath Rose is an associate professor of applied linguistics at the Department of Education, University of Oxford, UK.

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