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Understanding, Evaluating, and Conducting Second Language Writing Research

1st Edition

By Charlene Polio, Debra A. Friedman


322 pages

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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

About the Authors

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.

About the Series

Second Language Acquisition Research Series

The Second Language Acquisition Research series presents and explores issues bearing directly on theory construction and/or research methods in the study of second language acquisition. Its titles (both authored and edited volumes) provide thorough and timely overviews of high-interest topics, and include key discussions of existing research findings and their implications. A special emphasis of the series is reflected in the monographs dealing with specific data collection methods or instruments.  Each of these monographs addresses the kinds of research questions for which the method/instrument is best suited, offers extended description of its use, and outlines the problems associated with its use. The volumes in this series will be invaluable to students and scholars alike, and perfect for use in courses on research methodology and in individual research.


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