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The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in Applied Linguistics

1st Edition

Edited by Jim McKinley, Heath Rose


570 pages | 54 B/W Illus.

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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 multi-faceted 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;
  • 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.


"This book will rapidly become a go-to text for research methods in applied linguistics. Its topics cover the full range of issues researchers are likely to face, and the discussions are written by leading authorities in the field. A wonderful up-to-date resource."

Tim McNamara, The University of Melbourne, Australia

"An exceedingly timely volume of vast and enduring relevance, Rose and McKinley have produced a text of great value and importance to the field. The book—in both its sum and its parts—manages to balance breadth and depth of coverage while remaining an indispensably accessible resource for advancing the methodological knowledge of novices as well as experienced scholars."

Luke Plonsky, Northern Arizona University, USA

Table of Contents

Introduction: Theorizing research methods in the ‘golden age’ of applied linguistics research - Jim McKinley

          Part One: Key concepts and current considerations

  1. Methodological transparency and its consequences for the quality and scope of research - Emma Marsden
  2. Multi-perspective research - ​Brian Paltridge
  3. Expanding the scope of mixed methods research in applied linguistics - Mohammad R. Hashemi​
  4. Sampling: problematizing the issue - Masuko Miyahara
  5. Ensuring translation fidelity in multilingual data collection - Gene Thompson & Karen Dooley 
  6. Researching multilingually in applied linguistics - Jane Andrews, Prue Holmes, Richard Fay, Susan Dawson
  7. Solidarity and the politics of ‘us’: How far can individuals go in language policy? Research methods in non-Western contexts - ​Cristine Gorski Severo & Sinfree Makoni
  8. Advancing quantitative research methods - Shawn Loewen & Aline Godfroid
  9. Interdisciplinary research - ​Jack Pun
  10. Ethics in applied linguistics research - Peter De Costa, Jongbong Lee, Hima Rawal, Wendy Li

    Part Two: Designs and approaches to research

  11. Experimental and quasi-experimental designs - John Rogers & Andrea Revesz
  12. Case study research: Making language learning complexities visible – ​Patricia A. Duff
  13. Ethnography: Origins, features, accountability and criticality - Li Wei
  14. Autoethnography and critical ethnographic research - Sue Starfield
  15. Action research in language education - Dario Banegas & Sal Consoli
  16. Core dimensions in narrative inquiry - Gary Barkhuizen
  17. Critical discourse studies - Christian W. Chun
  18. Integrating corpus tools into mixed methods research - Ron Martinez
  19. Systematic reviews in applied linguistics - Ernesto Macaro
  20. Meta-analysis in applied linguistics - Yo In'nami, Rie Koizumi, Yasuyo Tomita
  21. Methods and approaches in language policy research - Qing Shao & Gao Xuesong (Andy)
  22. Grounded theory method - Gregory Hadley

    Part Three: Data collection methods

  23. Planning and conducting ethical interviews: Power, language and emotions - Louise Rolland, Jean-Marc Dewaele, Beverley Costa
  24. Focus groups - Nicola Galloway
  25. Think-aloud protocols - Lawrence Jun Zhang & Donglan Zhang 
  26. Stimulated recall - ​Hugo Santiago Sanchez & Trevor Grimshaw
  27. Questionnaires - Janina Iwaniec
  28. Observations and field notes: Recording lived experiences - Xiao Lan Curdt-Christiansen
  29. Diaries and journals: Collecting insider perspectives in second language research - Heath Rose
  30. Oral language elicitation tasks in applied linguistics research - Faidra Faitaki & Victoria Murphy
  31. Eye-tracking as a data collection method - Ana Pellicer-Sanchez & Kathy Conklin

    Part Four: Data analysis

  32. Using statistical analysis software (R, SPSS) - Jenifer Larson-Hall & Atsushi Mizumoto
  33. Descriptive statistics in data analysis - ​Jessica Briggs Baffoe-Djan & Sara A. Smith
  34. Inferential statistics in data analysis - Simone E. Pfenninger & Hannah Neuser
  35. Factor analysis and statistical modeling in applied linguistics - ​Yuliya Ardasheva, Kira J. Carbonneau, Xue Zhang
  36. Qualitative content analysis - Ali Fuad Selvi
  37. Text analysis - Wei Wang
  38. Analysis of corpora - ​Averil Coxhead
  39. A Discursive Psychological Approach to the Analysis of Talk and Text in Applied Linguistics

    - Matthew T. Prior & Steven Talmy​
  40. Multimodal (inter)action analysis - Jesse Pirini & Jarret Geenen
  41. Toward an expansive interactional analysis - Suresh Canagarajah, Daisuke Kimura, Mohammad Naseh Nasarollahi Shahri, Michael D. Amory

About the Editors

Dr Jim McKinley is Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and TESOL at the Institute of Education, University College London, UK.

Dr Heath Rose is Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics at the Department of Education, University of Oxford, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Handbooks in Applied Linguistics

Routledge Handbooks in Applied Linguistics provide comprehensive overviews of the key topics in applied linguistics. All entries for the handbooks are specially commissioned and written by leading scholars in the field. Clear, accessible and carefully edited Routledge Handbooks in Applied Linguistics are the ideal resource for both advanced undergraduates and postgraduate students.

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Subject Categories

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