Research in Applied Linguistics: Becoming a Discerning Consumer / Edition 2

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Newly updated and revised, this popular text provides a solid introduction to the foundations of research methods, with the goal of enabling students and professionals in the field of applied linguistics to become not just casual consumers of research who passively read bits and pieces of a research article, but discerning consumers able to effectively use published research for practical purposes in educational settings. All issues important for understanding and using published research for these purposes are covered. Key principles are illustrated with research studies published in refereed journals across a wide spectrum of applied linguistics. Exercises throughout the text encourage readers to engage interactively with what they are reading at the point when the information is fresh in their minds.

Changes in the second edition:

  • new examples in chapter two reflecting formatting changes made by ERIC
  • major reordering in chapter four to better represent the sample types
  • reorganization of chapters six and seven to enhance cohesion of the themes being discussed
  • updated references and recommended reading lists in all chapters.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415885713
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/4/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 949,447
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Fred L. Perry, Jr. has spent over half his life outside of the U.S.A., where he and his family have lived and worked in nine countries. He is Professor Emeritus at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, where he taught research methods and language assessment in the M.A. TEFL program and also headed their Testing & Evaluation Service over a 19-year period.

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Table of Contents


List of Acronyms and Abbreviations


1 Understanding the Nature of Research

2 How to Locate Research


3 Understanding the Framework of a Primary Research Article

4 Understanding Where Data Come From: The Sample

5 Understanding Research Designs

Section 1: Classifying Research Designs

Section 2: Questions and Designs

Section 3: Internal Validity

6 Understanding Data Gathering

7 Understanding Research Results

Section 1: Presentation and Analysis of Verbal Data

Section 2: Presentation and Analysis of Numerical Data

8 Discerning Discussions & Conclusions: Completing the Picture

Appendix A Constructing a Literature Review

Appendix B Going to the Next Level of Statistics

Appendix C Journals Related to Applied Linguistics



Web site References


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