This book presents a novel approach to discussing how to research language teacher cognition and practice. An introductory chapter by the editors and an overview of the research field by Simon Borg precede eight case studies written by new researchers, each of which focuses on one approach to collecting data. These approaches range from questionnaires and focus groups to think aloud, stimulated recall, and oral reflective journals. Each case study is commented on by a leading expert in the field - JD Brown, Martin Bygate, Donald Freeman, Alan Maley, Jerry Gebhard, Thomas Farrell, Susan Gass, and Jill Burton. Readers are encouraged to enter the conversation by reflecting on a set of questions and tasks in each chapter.
Roger Barnard is an Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. His recent publications include Researching Language Teacher Cognition and Practice (2012, edited with Anne Burns) and Creating Classroom Communities of Learning (2009, edited with Maria Torres-Guzman). Anne Burns holds professorial positions at Aston University, Birmingham, and the University of New South Wales, Sydney. She is also an Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney and a Visiting Professor at the University of Stockholm. She is known for her work in action research, teacher education, and the theory and practice of teaching speaking.
Foreword - Viv Edwards Introduction - Roger Barnard and Anne Burns Methodological Analysis - Simon Borg Ch 1: Questionnaire Case study: Judy Ng Commentary: J.D. Brown Ch 2: Narrative Frames Case study: Nguyen Gia Viet Commentary: Martin Bygate Ch 3: Focus Groups Case study: Andrew Gladman Commentary: Donald Freeman Ch 4: Interview Case study: Le Van Canh Commentary: Alan Maley Ch 5: Observation Case study: Simon Humphries Commentary: Jerry Gebhard Ch 6: Think Aloud Case study: Jinrui Li Commentary: Thomas Farrell Ch 7: Stimulated Recall Case study: Jonathon Ryan Commentary: Susan Gass Ch 8: Oral Reflective Journals Case study: Jenny Field Commentary: Jill Burton Final Thoughts - Anne Burns and Roger Barnard