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Research in Applied Linguistics: Becoming a Discerning Consumer [Hardcover]

Fred L. Perry Jr.
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July 1, 2005 0805846840 978-0805846843
This text provides a solid introduction to the foundations of research methods, with the goal of enabling students and professionals in the field of applied linguistics to become not just casual consumers of research who passively read bits and pieces of a research article, but discerning consumers able to effectively use published research for practical purposes in educational settings. All issues important for understanding and using published research for these purposes are covered. Key principles are illustrated with research studies published in refereed journals across a wide spectrum of applied linguistics. Exercises distributed throughout the text encourage readers to engage interactively with what they are reading at the point when the information is fresh in their minds.

*Part I introduces the foundations necessary for becoming a discerning consumer. Research terminology is defined and illustrated. The thinking and process that researchers go through is explained and illustrated. The reader is shown how to find research articles through both traditional and electronic means.

*Part II is structured around the standard format in which components of a typical research report appear in most research journals. Issues such as research design, data collection methods, and data handling procedures, are discussed at a level that is understandable and useful to the novice consumer.

Research in Applied Linguistics: Becoming a Discerning Consumer is designed so that it can be used as a text for courses in MATESOL/TEFL and applied linguistics programs. Course instructors will find that this book provides a strong framework in which to promote student interaction and discussion on important issues in research methodology. This book has been field tested during development and has proven to be an effective instrument for bringing people up to the level of 'discerning consumer' over a relatively short period of time.

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"...Perry’s book is an accessible and useful starting point for aspiring practitioners who want to be discerning rather than casual consumers of applied linguistics research." -- Anne Burns, TESOL Quarterly, Vol. 42, No. 1, March 2008

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (July 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805846840
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805846843
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,357,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth a look March 4, 2011
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I found the book accessible and a good companion to the others that I've read while starting a doctorate program. Each step of the research process is mapped out with clear descriptions. Especially appreciated were suggestions for assessing the internal reliability of studies in language education. Definitely worth a look if one needs a concise overview of the research process.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it. February 23, 2011
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I had the only review available saying the book was not so good. I disagree. The book is nice and has a very friendly language to talk about research and statistics. I definitely recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. September 14, 2011
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No complaints, book was in near perfect condition. This was a required reading for a graduate class. Books are great to buy used.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This book is hard to decipher and understand.. September 23, 2009
I find myself forcing myself to read every page of this book. It's required reading. You would think that since Perry understands English as a native speaker of the language that he could write it in a way that's not so dry and where he can convey whatever he is trying to convey in a simplified manner. He complicates things too much when reading and for people who are in the TESOL field, it doesn't attract us to research, but rather turns off from research. We are focused on application of teaching methods, not research. It would definitely be useful to apply research methods, but things should be digestible.
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