Understanding, Evaluating, and Conducting Second Language Writing Research speaks to the rapidly growing area of second language writing by providing a uniquely balanced approach to L2 writing research. While other books favor either a qualitative or quantitative approach to second language acquisition (SLA) research, this text is comprehensive in scope and does not privilege one approach over the other, illuminating the strengths of each and the ways in which they might complement each other. It also provides equal weight to the cognitive and socio-cultural approaches to SLA. Containing an array of focal studies and suggestions for further reading, this text is the ideal resource for students beginning to conduct L2 writing research as well as for more experienced researchers who wish to expand their approach to conducting research.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction
Part I: Approaches
Chapter 2: Experimental research
Chapter 3: Causal-comparative and correlational research
Chapter 4: Ethnography and case study
Chapter 5: Mixed-methods research
Part II: Methods
Chapter 6: Learner text analysis
Chapter 7: Target text analysis
Chapter 8: Retrospective and introspective methods
Chapter 9: Interviews
Chapter 10: Thematic analysis
Chapter 11: Qualitative discourse analysis
Chapter 12: Emerging methods and current issues
Charlene Polio is Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian, & African Languages at Michigan State University, USA. She is currently co-editor of the Modern Language Journal.
Debra Friedman is Assistant Professor in the Department of Second Language Studies at Indiana University, USA.