Case Study Research in Applied Linguistics
Case studies of individual language learners are a valuable means of illustrating issues connected with learning, using, and in some cases, losing another language. Yet, even though increasing numbers of graduate students and scholars conduct research using case studies or mix quantitative and qualitative methods, there are no dedicated applied linguistics research methods texts that guide one through the case study process. This book fills that gap.
The volume provides an overview of case study methodology and examples of published case studies in applied linguistics, without attempting to be a comprehensive survey of the innumerable case studies that exist. The case studies presented here involve teachers and learners of English and various other languages in North America and other parts of the world. Advice is also given about how to conduct and publish case studies.
Case Study Research in Applied Linguistics is designed for students, both undergraduate and graduate, as well as other scholars seeking to understand case study methods and their applications in research on language learners and language users in a variety of contexts. Applied linguists working in other subfields will find the volume useful in their own research and in their supervision and evaluation of others' case studies.
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1 Defining and Operationalizing Constructs After formulating the research
questions , how does one design a study ? Case study itself can be considered a
type of research design . Careful case selection and sampling are required ...
Earlier in this chapter and in Chapter 4 , we discussed the importance of
constructs and a conceptual framework in contextualizing and interpreting
research . Yin ( 2003a ) notes that construct validity can be problematic in case
Cyclical data analysis , 159 chains of evidence , establishing , 109 – 110 closed
case study design , 113 – 114 defining constructs , 108 – 109 mixed method
designs , 110 – 111 single - case , vs . multiple - case designs , 111 - 113 Deviant
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Defining Describing and Defending Case Study
Examples of Case Studies in Applied Linguistics
How to Conduct Case Studies Part
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