Students develop skills in reading and evaluating published research papers. Various types and methods of action research are discussed while the course includes some basic work on statistics. By the end of the course, students will have developed the skills necessary to design and implement research in the school context.
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course offers a comprehensive overview of research methodology in the school context. Various research methods (questionnaire, observation, interview, experiment) and types of research (qualitative-quantitative) are examined and analysed while advantages and disadvantages are discussed. During the course, all the steps involved in executing research projects are described, from planning and collecting resources to conducting the research and reporting the results.
Additional bibliography for study
Allwright, D. and Bailey, K. M. (1992). Focus on the Language Classroom. An introduction to classroom research for language teachers. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Bell, J. (1993) Doing your research project, (2nd edition), Milton Keynes:OUP
Chaudron, C. (1988) Second Language Classrooms. Research on Teaching and Learning. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Cohen, L., Manion, L., Morrison, K. (2000) Research Methods in Education. 5th ed. London: Routledge.
Dörnyei, Z. (2003) Questionnaires in Second Language Research. Construction, Administration and Processing. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
Hinkel, E. (ed.) (2005) Handbook of Research in Second Language Teaching and Learning. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum
Nunan, D. (1992). Research Methods in Language Learning. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.