Qualitative Research in Applied Linguistics: A Practical Introduction

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Using a reader-friendly, structured approach, Qualitative Research in Applied Linguistics: A Practical Introduction presents an easy-to-follow and straightforward guide to qualitative inquiry. Written by leading authors in a clear, informal style, it is an essential companion for graduate students and practicing teachers embarking on their first qualitative research study in applied linguistics.

The ten central chapters introduce core qualitative research approaches and ...

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Overview

Using a reader-friendly, structured approach, Qualitative Research in Applied Linguistics: A Practical Introduction presents an easy-to-follow and straightforward guide to qualitative inquiry. Written by leading authors in a clear, informal style, it is an essential companion for graduate students and practicing teachers embarking on their first qualitative research study in applied linguistics.

The ten central chapters introduce core qualitative research approaches and commonly used data collection methods. Each of these chapters offers:

• A comprehensive guide to help you understand and use each approach or method
• An illustrative example from applied linguistics research to help you see the approach or method 'in action'
• A succinct outline of how you can avoid common mistakes and improve the quality of your research
• Discussion questions and tasks to give you hands-on experience working with each research approach or data collection method

Additional chapters offer engaging introductions to the qualitative research cycle, ethics, and writing up your research. There is also a glossary of important key words.

This book has been carefully written to provide you with the essential research knowledge, skills – and confidence – you need to begin your qualitative research project.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230219533
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 6/23/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

JUANITA HEIGHAM is Director of the Communicative English Program in the Department of Foreign Studies at Sugiyama Jogakuen University, Japan.

ROBERT CROKER is co-ordinator of the English program at Nanzan University of Japan.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface
Notes on Contributors
PART I: OVERVIEW
Introduction to Qualitative Research—R.Croker&—J.Heigham
The Research Cycle in Qualitative Inquiry—D.Freeman
PART II: QUALITATIVE APPROACHES
Narrative Inquiry—G.Murray
Case Study—M.Hood
Ethnography—J.Heigham&—K.Sakui
Action Research—A.Burbans
Mixed Methods—N.V.Ivankova&—J.W.Creswell
PART III: DATA CREATION METHODS
Observation—N.Okayama
Interviews—K.Richards
Questionnaires—J.D.Brown
Introspection Techniques—S.L.McKay
Discourse Analysis—A.Lazaraton
PART IV: PRACTICAL ISSUES
Working with Qualitative Data—R.Croker
Ethics—S.Rallis&—G.Rossman
Writing up Your Research—C.Casanave
Glossary of Qualitative Research Terms
Subject Index

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