Researching Contexts, Practices and Pedagogies in English by L. Blaj-Ward

By L. Blaj-Ward

This ebook is some extent of reference for EAP pros making plans to behavior or fee study into studying, instructing, specialist improvement or caliber coverage in EAP. It attracts on educational debates to motivate extra examine and sensible tasks to reinforce EAP provision.

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Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Readers new to quantitative research will find this text useful, given that it grounds discussion of statistics within applied linguistics, making the content more immediately accessible. Based on their experience as tutors on a research methodology course, Lowie and Seton aim to make readers ‘aware of how to construct a quantitative study in an analysable way [my emphasis] and of the tests [they] can carry out to check [their] hypotheses’ (p. 16). They introduce basic descriptive statistics, illustrate statistical tests of relevance to applied linguists and provide guidance about how to ensure that research outcomes are valid, reliable and meaningful.

This variety is acknowledged across studies of assessment and feedback in higher education and should be taken into account both by discipline academics and by EAP professionals. Reflecting on staff perceptions of the role of feedback and the forms this should take, both ideally and given the constraints of day-to-day academic life, Robson et al. note that increased effectiveness of staff engagement in assessment and feedback practices may be encouraged by the compelling evidence of the usefulness of feedback and by providing opportunities for colleagues to examine their teaching and learning practices through the lens of internationalisation.

Writing from the perspective of an academic with privileged insight into the life of a university, derived as a result of an extensive and varied academic and management career, Trowler provides an overview of key methodological concerns as they apply specifically to studying higher education. An experienced supervisor and examiner of doctoral theses focused on insider research in universities, author of a substantial number of book-length studies on the academic context, and a former doctoral student conducting an ethnographic study of a university, Trowler opens his guide with a critical reflection on insiderness and on how it is always important to be explicit as a researcher about exactly where and how the endogenous character of one’s research potentially illuminates the issues of interest, and where it could obscure them or give rise to concerns about the robustness of the findings.

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