Case Study Research in Applied Linguistics by Patricia Duff

By Patricia Duff

Case reviews of person language novices are a necessary technique of illustrating matters attached with studying, utilizing, and occasionally, wasting one other language. but, although expanding numbers of graduate scholars and students behavior examine utilizing case reviews or combine quantitative and qualitative tools, there are not any committed utilized linguistics learn equipment texts that advisor one during the case research technique. This publication fills that gap.

The quantity presents an outline of case research technique and examples of released case reviews in utilized linguistics, with out trying to be a finished survey of the innumerable case reviews that exist. The case stories provided the following contain academics and novices of English and numerous different languages in North the United States and different components of the realm. suggestion is usually given approximately tips to behavior and put up case studies.

Case examine study 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 study on language newcomers and language clients in a number of contexts. utilized linguists operating in different subfields will locate the amount beneficial of their personal study and of their supervision and review of others' case studies.

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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. Practitioners of each approach have improved and codified their techniques, reducing some of the problems identified by their critics but also gaining renewed appreciation for the remaining limits of their methods. (p. 2) In addition to psychology, sociology, anthropology, and political science, case study research is used in the fields of education, medicine, law, management, social work, economics and business, history, journalism, public administration, policy, and urban planning (Merriam, 1998; Yin, 2003a).

Behavior at Time 1 vs. Time 2 vs. Time 3), lend themselves to some quantitative discussion or data reduction, usually with descriptive statistics. The behaviors, knowledge, or other attributes of cases may be analyzed with coding, counting, and statistical analyses of patterns or developmental differences, or qualitatively, using narrative or detailed linguistic accounts and examples, or some combination of the two. In the past, some erroneous assumptions were made about case studies: for example, Larsen-Freeman and Long (1991) seemed to equate longitudinal approaches with case study research of oral language development.

4 General Features of Qualitative Research In this section I describe briefly some features of qualitative research, which, in addition to case study, includes ethnography, ethnomethodology, phenomenology, biography or life history, semiotics, conversation/discourse analysis, and other types of research. , Berg, 2007; Bogdan & Biklen, 2003; Creswell, 1998; Denzin & Lincoln, 2003, 2005b; Eisner & Peshkin, 1990; HesseBiber & Leavy, 2006; Holliday, 2002; LeCompte, Millroy, & Preissle, 1992; Merriam, 1998; Miles & Huberman, 1994; Patton, 1990; Richardson, 1996; Ritchie & Lewis, 2003; Stake, 1995; Silverman, 2000; Wolcott, 1994; Yin, 2003a).

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