Case Study Research in Applied Linguistics (Second Language by Patricia Duff, Patricia A. Duff

By Patricia Duff, Patricia A. Duff

Case reports of person language newcomers are a worthwhile technique of illustrating concerns hooked up with studying, utilizing, and from time to time, wasting one other language. but, even supposing expanding numbers of graduate scholars and students behavior learn utilizing case reviews or combine quantitative and qualitative tools, there aren't any devoted utilized linguistics study equipment texts that advisor one throughout the case research technique. This ebook fills that hole. the quantity presents an summary of case research technique and examples of released case experiences in utilized linguistics, with no trying to be a finished survey of the innumerable case experiences that exist. The case reviews offered the following contain lecturers and rookies of English and numerous different languages in North the US and different components of the area. recommendation is additionally given approximately tips to behavior and submit case reports. Case learn examine in utilized Linguistics is designed for college kids, either undergraduate and graduate, in addition to different students looking to comprehend case learn equipment and their functions in examine on language freshmen and language clients in a number of contexts. utilized linguists operating in different subfields will locate the quantity priceless of their personal learn and of their supervision and evaluate of others' case stories.

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All data relevant to the case are gathered, and all available data are organized in terms of the case. The case study method gives a unitary character to the data being studied by interrelating a variety of facts to a single case. It also provides an opportunity for the intensive analysis of many specific details that are often overlooked with other methods. (Theodorson & Theodorson, 1969; cited in Punch, 1998, p. … The Cuban Missile Crisis, for example, is a historical instance of many classes of events: deterrence, coercive diplomacy, crisis management, and so on.

George and Bennett (2005) note that, although case study had been quite prominent in that field before the 1960s, there was a sharp decline in case study publications between the 1960s and 1970s as “more novel statistical and formal methods of research grew” (p. 3). Recently, though, there has been an “increasingly sophisticated and collaborative discourse on research methods in the social sciences” (p. 4): Over the past few decades, proponents of case study methods, statistics, and formal modeling have each scaled back their most ambitious goals regarding the kinds of knowledge and theories that they aspire to produce.

10). Data, methods, perspectives, theories, and even researchers can be triangulated in order to produce either converging or diverging observations and interpretations. Although the notion of triangulation may have originally had positivist undertones (multiple sources of information leading to one “truth” to be discovered by the researcher), it can also be used to ascertain multiple forms of interpretation (or multiple realities) at work in order to “clarify meaning by identifying different ways the case is being seen (Flick, 1998; Silverman, 1993)” (Stake, 2005, p.

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