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 Generalizability The first and most pronounced of these disadvantages is
related to generalizability . Because this point is so crucial and controversial in
understanding the value of case studies , this section deals with it in some depth .
For many qualitative researchers , the term generalizability itself is considered a
throwback to another era , paradigm , ethos , and discourse in research .
Schofield ( 1990 ) stated it as follows : “ The major factor contributing to the
disregard of ...
3 External Validity or Generalizability External validity , or generalizability , is also
a contentious criterion for good qualitative case studies , though not necessarily
along positivist / interpretive lines ( Duff , 2006 ; Chalhoub - Deville et al . , 2006 )
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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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