Research in Applied Linguistics Becoming a Discerning Consumer

ISBN-10: 041588571X

ISBN-13: 9780415885713

Edition: 2nd 2011 (Revised)

Authors: Jr. Perry

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List price: $33.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 3/28/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 338
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946

List of Figures
List of Text Boxes
List of Tables
List of Acronyms and Abbreviations
Fundamentals for Discerning Consumers
Understanding the Nature of Research
What Is All This Research About?
Who Is All This Research For?
Is All of this Research Really That Important?
If Applied Linguistics Research Is So Important, How Can We Understand It Better?
Why Be a Consumer of Research?
The Motivation Behind Research
Demythologizing Research
The Meaning of True Research
Identifying Important Questions
Where Are the Answers?
Key Terms and Concepts
Additional Recommended Reading
How to Locate Research
Chapter Overview
Where to Look and What to Look For
Preliminary Sources
Secondary Sources
Tables of References/Bibliographies
Is All Primary Research of Equal Weight?
Differentiating Primary From Secondary
How to Obtain Research Articles
What Journals Are Related to Applied Linguistics?
Key Terms and Concepts
Additional Recommended Reading
The Major Components of Published Research
Understanding the Framework of a Primary Research Article
Chapter Overview
The Framework of a Research Article
The Title
The Abstract
The Introduction of a Study
Key Terms and Concepts
Additional Recommended Reading
Understanding Where Data Come From: The Sample
Chapter Overview
Sampling Terminology
Sampling Paradigms
The Representative Sampling Paradigm
The Purposeful Sampling Paradigm: Sample Strategies for Maximizing Information
Ethics in Sampling of Human Participants
Key Terms and Concepts
Additional Recommended Reading
Understanding Research Designs
Chapter Overview
Classifying Research Designs
The Basic�Applied Continuum
The Qualitative�Quantitative Continuum
The Exploratory�Confirmatory Continuum
Questions and Designs
The What Questions
The Why Questions
Internal Validity
Key Terms and- Concepts
Additional Recommended Reading
Understanding Data Gathering
Chapter Overview
Collecting and Evaluating VerbalData
Observational Procedures
Evaluating the Dependability of Verbal Data Procedures
Collecting and Evaluating Numerical Data
Procedures for Gathering Numerical Data
Evaluating the Qualities of Numerical Data Gathering Procedures
Key Terms and Concepts
Additional Recommended Reading
Understanding Research Results
Chapter Overview
Introduction to Data Analysis
Numerical Versus Verbal Data
Common Practice
Analysis of Verbal Data
Evaluating Patterns and Themes
Evaluating Explanations and Conclusions
Analysis of Numerical Data
Overview of Statistics
Understanding Descriptive Statistics
Understanding Inferential Statistics
Statistical Procedures
Key Terms and Concepts
Additional Recommended Reading
Discerning Discussions and Conclusions: Completing the Picture
Chapter Overview
The Needed Ingredients
Questions Every Consumer Should Ask
Summarizing Research
Review of Research
Where to Begin
Abstracting Primary Literature
Writing a Review of Research
Going to the Next Level of Statistics
More About Descriptive Statistics
Types of Scales
Shape of the Data Distribution
The Average
Data Variance
More About Inferential Statistics
Univariate Versus Multivariate Procedures
More on Univariate ANOVAs
Multivariate ANOVAs
Degrees of Freedom
Type II Error and Power
Effect Size
More on the Null Hypothesis
The Logic of Testing the Null Hypothesis
Key Terms and Concepts
Journals Related to Applied Linguistics
Website Reference
Author Index
Subject Index
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