Date: 12 May 2012
Presenter: David Nunan
Location: Graz, Austria
(Online registration closes 27 April)
Congratulations to Kashmir Kaur, winner of the ReSIG Scholarship for attending this event.
Title: Qualitative research in language education
Format: One-day seminar consisting of lecture input, presenter-led discussion, and a number of group tasks.
Presenter: David Nunan, Ph.D. Emeritus Professor of Applied Linguistics, University of Hong Kong
Vice-President for Student Affairs and Dean, Graduate School of Education, Anaheim University, California
The aim of this one-day seminar is to explore theoretical and practical aspects of qualitative research in education. There will be three overlapping phases in the seminar.
I. The ‘big picture’
In the first part of the seminar we will take a ‘big picture’ look at the research enterprise, discussing and clarifying the following issues and questions:
- What do we mean when we talk about research? What are the ‘ground rules’ that differentiate it from different ways of knowing?
- What is the purpose of research? Why bother?
- What are some of the questions and issues that are currently being addressed by researchers in the field of language education?
- What are some of the gaps in our knowledge base?
The focus of this part of the seminar is on qualitative research. We will look in greater depth at the characteristics of qualitative research that differentiate it from quantitative research. We will look at a range of methods for data collection and analysis, including case study, introspection, elicitation and observation. We will also look at ‘mixed methods’ research which, as the name suggests, deploys a range of data collection and analysis methods from both quantitative and qualitative paradigms.
III. Developing a research plan
In the final part of the workshop, we will look at steps in the process of developing a research plan, and at the pitfalls and possible solutions to the pitfalls that can occur during the research process.