Appraising Research in Second Language Learning: A Practical Approach to Critical Analysis of Quantitative Research

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John Benjamins Publishing, 2002 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 267 pages
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Designed for students of applied linguistics and TEFL on research training courses, practising language teachers, and those in training, this combination textbook/workbook is the first to provide specific advice and support to those wishing to learn how to approach the critical analysis of a research paper. It seeks to answer a current need in the literature for a set of procedures that can be applied to the independent reading of quantitative research. In an authoritative and accessible text, Porte examines the key components of a research paper in this field, highlighting those features demanding rigorous critical attention from the enquiring reader. Innovative features of the workbook include awareness-raising reading tasks and guided exercises to help develop and practise the critical skills required to appraise papers independently. Through informed and constructive appraisal of others work, readers themselves are shown how to become more research literate, to discover new areas for investigation, and to organise and present their own work more effectively for publication and peer evaluation.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Method and procedures
35
Results
95
Discussion and conclusions
139
Glossary of key terms in quantitative research
231
Appendices
247
Further reading
261
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