Saturday 3rd October 2015 10.00 GMT - 12.00 CEST - 13.00 EEST
"‘Research’ has been defined in various ways. However, most definitions encompass the notion that it is a systematic process of inquiry involving the formulation of researchable questions, the collection of data that have relevant bearing on those questions, the analysis and interpretation of those data, and the publication of the results. In this presentation, I want to ‘trouble’ the traditional concept of research. I will argue that, while it may fit the psychometric paradigm, when it comes to naturalistic inquiry, it is problematic. In particular, I will explore the following questions:
• Are questions necessary? • What counts as data? • Do ‘analysis’ and ‘interpretation’ mean the same thing? • To what extent is it possible to separate data, analysis and interpretation? • To what extent are reliability and validity defining characteristics of research? • Is publication really necessary in order for the activity to count as research?
This webinar marks the launch of Stage 2 of the SEETA Teacher-led Research Project and is sponsored by the IATEFL RESIG.
David Nunan is President Emeritus and Distinguished Professor, Anaheim University, California and Professor Emeritus of Applied Linguistics, University of Hong Kong. He is a Past President of TESOL and currently serves on the Board of Trustee of the International Research Foundation for English Language Education. He has published over 100 books and articles on language curriculum design and methodology, research methods, teacher education and technology in education. In 2015 he received the James E. Alatis Award for Outstanding and Extended Service to TESOL from TESOL International, and the Outstanding Service Award from the Distance Education Accreditation Commission. He also received the Congressional Award for Services to Education from the United States Congress.