Download PDF by Patricia Duff: Case Study Research in Applied Linguistics

By Patricia Duff

ISBN-10: 080582359X

ISBN-13: 9780805823592

Case reviews of person language beginners are a useful technique of illustrating concerns attached with studying, utilizing, and occasionally, wasting one other language. but, even if expanding numbers of graduate scholars and students behavior learn utilizing case reports or combine quantitative and qualitative equipment, there aren't any committed utilized linguistics examine equipment texts that consultant one during the case examine method. This e-book fills that gap.

The quantity offers an outline of case learn technique and examples of released case stories in utilized linguistics, with out trying to be a complete survey of the innumerable case experiences that exist. The case experiences offered right here contain academics and novices of English and numerous different languages in North the USA and different elements of the area. suggestion can also be given approximately the right way to behavior and post case studies.

Case research study in utilized Linguistics is designed for college kids, either undergraduate and graduate, in addition to different students trying to comprehend case examine tools and their functions in study on language freshmen and language clients in quite a few contexts. utilized linguists operating in different subfields will locate the quantity valuable of their personal examine and of their supervision and review of others' case studies.

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In addition, the cases may generate new hypotheses, models, and understandings about the nature of language learning or other processes. Such knowledge generation is possible by capitalizing on either unique or typical cases in theorizing about particular phenomena that challenge current beliefs. , cross-sectional) studies and provides developmental evidence that can otherwise only be inferred. These several advantages of case study research are discussed in turn below and then elaborated on in later chapters.

The longitudinal approach could easily be characterized by at least three of the qualitative paradigm attributes: naturalistic (use of spontaneous speech), process-oriented (it takes place over time) and ungeneralizable (very few subjects). (Larsen-Freeman & Long, 1991, pp. indb 41 8/24/07 7:18:49 AM Case Study Research in Applied Linguistics thus, the two terms should not be conflated. ) Furthermore, whereas issues of generalizability arise almost predictably with case study research, they are less often reflected upon in quantitative research, regardless of the particular contexts in which studies are conducted, the small number of subjects involved, their unique combinations of L1 and L2, and so forth (Chalhoub-Deville, Chapelle, & Duff, 2006; Duff, 2006).

Next, I present the advantages and (claimed) disadvantages of case study, devoting special attention to issues of generalizability. Finally, I discuss the significant role that case study research has played in the development of applied linguistics, especially within the subfield of SLA. 2 Defining Case Study Case study is a type of research design and analysis, which Gall, Gall, and Borg (2003) characterize as the “most widely used approach to qualitative research in education” (p. 433). It is also referred to as a method, a “strategy” (Punch, 1998; Yin, 2003a), and an outcome of research: “The qualitative case study can be defined in terms of the process of actually carrying out the investigation, the unit of analysis (the bounded system, the case), or the end product” (Merriam, 1998, p.

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