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Benson, Phil; Chik, Alice; Gao, Xuesong; Huang, Jing; Wang, Wenfeng – Modern Language Journal, 2009
In the light of widespread discussion of qualitative approaches to language teaching and learning research in recent years, this article reports on a survey of qualitative data-based articles published in 10 major journals between 1997 and 2006. The survey revealed that 477 qualitative articles (22% of the total number published) had appeared in…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Language Research, Research Methodology, Surveys
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Egbert, Joy; Huff, Leslie; McNeil, Levi; Preuss, Cara; Sellen, Joanne – Modern Language Journal, 2009
Computer-assisted language learning (CALL) literature notes concerns with research in the field, and many of these concerns are similar to those noted for second language acquisition research in general. One fundamental problem is the general failure to address Garrett's (1991) assertion that research must consider classroom context. We believe…
Descriptors: Teacher Participation, Second Language Learning, Educational Technology, Language Skills
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Larsen-Freeman, Diane; Cameron, Lynne – Modern Language Journal, 2008
Changes to research methodology motivated by the adoption of a complexity theory perspective on language development are considered. The dynamic, nonlinear, and open nature of complex systems, together with their tendency toward self-organization and interaction across levels and timescales, requires changes in traditional views of the functions…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Second Language Learning, Systems Approach, Validity
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Kubanyiova, Magdalena – Modern Language Journal, 2008
The prominent current tendency in applied linguistics to situate its theory and research has seen parallel shifts in the type of research methodologies being employed. Increasingly, decontextualized laboratory methodologies are giving way to more holistic approaches, and these, in turn, involve a significant shift in the researchers' roles,…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Applied Linguistics, Ethics, Theory Practice Relationship