This book provides readers with a range of approaches and tools for thinking deeply about conducting research in their own language classrooms. The book's accessible style and content encourage language teachers to become part of a community focused on inquiry, equipping them with relevant terminology and concepts for their own teaching and research (inquiry, data collection, data analysis, bringing it all together). The reader is exposed to various research methods and examples, accompanied by pros and cons and rationales for each. This enables them to select which research approaches resonate most and are relevant to their own teaching. The book is designed to empower language teachers to engage in ongoing research, thus democratizing who might be considered a researcher. It includes a range of activities and reflections that can be adapted for both pre- and in-service language teachers in diverse language classrooms.
Netta Avineri is Assistant Professor of TESOL/TFL at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS). She serves as the MIIS Intercultural Competence Committee Chair, co-founded the MIIS Intercultural Digital Storytelling Project (sites.miis.edu/idsp), and is academic co-director for the Center for Social Impact Learning's Ambassador Corps international internship program.
Introduction Section I: Inquiry1. How to ACE the Research Process2. The Noun and the Verb of the Literature Review3. Research Questions and Research Design: Concretizing Inquiry4. Research Ethics: Reasons, Roles, Responsibilities, and Relationships Section II: Data Collection5. Making Questionnaires Work for You6. Interviews, Focus Groups, and Reflections7. Case Studies, Ethnography, and Visual Data8. Transcription: Process and Product9. Approaches to Collection of Quantitative Data Section III: Data Analysis10. Interpretive Analysis of Qualitative Data11. Approaches to Analysis of Quantitative Data Section IV: Bringing It All Together12. Arguments, Implications, and Communities of Practice