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Quantitative Methods for Second Language Research

A Problem-Solving Approach

By Carsten Roever, Aek Phakiti

© 2018 – Routledge

268 pages

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Quantitative Methods for Second Language Research introduces approaches to and techniques for quantitative data analysis in second language research, with a primary focus on second language learning and assessment research. It takes a conceptual, problem-solving approach by emphasizing the understanding of statistical theory and its application to research problems while paying less attention to the mathematical side of statistical analysis. The text discusses a range of common statistical analysis techniques, presented and illustrated through applications of the IBM Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) program. These include tools for descriptive analysis (e.g., means and percentages) as well as inferential analysis (e.g., correlational analysis, t-tests, and analysis of variance [ANOVA]). The text provides conceptual explanations of quantitative methods through the use of examples, cases, and published studies in the field. In addition, a companion website to the book hosts slides, review exercises, and answer keys for each chapter as well as SPSS files. Practical and lucid, this book is the ideal resource for data analysis for graduate students and researchers in applied linguistics.

Table of Contents

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1 Quantification

2 Introduction to SPSS

3 Descriptive Statistics

4 Descriptive Statistics in SPSS

5 Correlational Analysis

6 Basics of Inferential Statistics

7 T-Tests

8 Mann-Whitney U and Wilcoxon Signed-Rank Tests

9 One-Way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)

10 Analysis of Covariance (ANCOVA)

11 Repeated-Measures ANOVA

12 Two-Way Mixed-Design ANOVA

13 Chi-Square Test

14 Multiple Regression

15 Reliability Analysis



Key Research Terms in Quantitative Methods


About the Authors

Carsten Roever is Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics in the School of Languages and Linguistics at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Aek Phakiti is Associate Professor in TESOL in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney, Australia.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General