Understanding, Evaluating, and Conducting Second Language Writing Research speaks to the rapidly growing area of second language writing by providing a uniquely balanced approach to L2 writing research. While other books favor either a qualitative or quantitative approach to second language acquisition (SLA) research, this text is comprehensive in scope and does not privilege one approach over the other, illuminating the strengths of each and the ways in which they might complement each other. It also provides equal weight to the cognitive and socio-cultural approaches to SLA. Containing an array of focal studies and suggestions for further reading, this text is the ideal resource for students beginning to conduct L2 writing research as well as for more experienced researchers who wish to expand their approach to conducting research.
Charlene Polio is Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian, & African Languages at Michigan State University, USA. She is currently co-editor of the Modern Language Journal. Debra Friedman is Assistant Professor in the Department of Second Language Studies at Indiana University, USA.
Chapter 1: Introduction Part I: Approaches Chapter 2: Experimental research Chapter 3: Causal-comparative and correlational research Chapter 4: Ethnography and case study Chapter 5: Mixed-methods research Part II: Methods Chapter 6: Learner text analysis Chapter 7: Target text analysis Chapter 8: Retrospective and introspective methods Chapter 9: Interviews Chapter 10: Thematic analysis Chapter 11: Qualitative discourse analysis Chapter 12: Emerging methods and current issues