Appraising Research in Second Language Learning

A practical approach to critical analysis of quantitative research

Graeme Keith Porte | University of Granada
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Designed for students of applied linguistics and TEFL on research training courses, practising language teachers, and those in training, this combination textbook/workbook is the first to provide specific advice and support to those wishing to learn how to approach the critical analysis of a research paper. It seeks to answer a current need in the literature for a set of procedures that can be applied to the independent reading of quantitative research. In an authoritative and accessible text, Porte examines the key components of a research paper in this field, highlighting those features demanding rigorous critical attention from the enquiring reader. Innovative features of the workbook include awareness-raising reading tasks and guided exercises to help develop and practise the critical skills required to appraise papers independently. Through informed and constructive appraisal of others’ work, readers themselves are shown how to become more research literate, to discover new areas for investigation, and to organise and present their own work more effectively for publication and peer evaluation.

[Language Learning & Language Teaching, 3] 2002.  xx, 268 pp.
Publishing status: Obsolete
“Many students and teachers in the fields of applied linguistics and TEFL are intimidated, and even frightened, by quantitative research. This book, which provides the reader with analytical tools for reading quantitative research in a critical and informed manner, is designed to dispel this fear. In it, the reader is introduced, in an accessible, though non-trivial manner, to all of the elements in a research paper, from the introduction, through methods and procedures, and results to discussion and conclusion. Particularly appealing are the clear examples, and the frequent questions interpolated into the text which invite the reader to interact with the content as it is developed.”
“Statistics and research design no longer have to be foreign languages in the language teaching community. Professor Graeme Porte acts as a native-informant to these areas by providing systematic and clear explanations of essential research concepts. Even readers with no research background will feel more confident approaching the growing empirical literature in language education.”
“Dr. Graeme Porte offers language teachers, students of applied linguistics and education, and even experienced researchers a fine book that leads then step-by-step through procedures that lead to a critical understanding of research in our field. Many people are turned off by research because they do not know how to comprehend or evaluate it. Conversely, others accept whatever is in print without questioning the research methodology. This book helps readers gain the tools to be good critics of research and to become stronger researchers in their own right. It is a practical, very useful book.”
“I highly recommend this book to any instructor who wants students to read quantitative research articles in L2 learning, applied linguistics, or foreign language education. I believe the book also has a place in research methods courses because of the way the author guides readers through the logic of research design and statistics.”
“This new volume by Graeme Porte provides students of applied linguistics with an innovative and readable treatment of how to understand research papers. In this impressively thorough effort, Porte not only demonstrates his command of the available literature on the writing of research papers, but goes significantly beyond it. The volume includes not only a helpful glossary, but also a useful set of workbook activities to help students get an experiential sense of both how to critically analyze a research paper and by extension how to prepare their own.”
“On balance, Appraising Research in Second Language Learning is a valuable contribution to the field.It is not only useful for people who want to learn more about how to read quantitative research papers, but also for those who eventually hope to embark on their own research. Experienced researchers will also find Porte's thorough treatment of the subject helpful for monitoring and evaluating their own research.”
“I think this book fulfills its two fold aim of developing critical readers and helping researchers do better research. it would be a useful reference for classroom teachers who would like to do research on teaching methods or materials.”
“Overall, Appraising research in second language learning represents a valuable contribution to the growing literature on L2 research methodology, and would benefit both novice and more seasoned researchers alike.”
“This book is an excellent guide for graduate students and novice consumers of research. It is well organized and clearly written, and it contains sufficient examples to aid in the application of difficult concepts. His explanations of difficult concepts especially those of statistical procedures are accessible to those not well versed in statistics. The glossary is detailed, with graphs and other visual aids provided when needed. This book would be an excellent addition to any introductory graduate research seminar and could be used on its own or in conjuction with other texts. Students who use this book will come away with a heightened sense of how to read and write up research.”
“The author states in the preface that this book is intended "to guide student and novice researchers through their critical reading of a research paper in the field of second language learning" (p.ix). It does an admirable job of this and, in fact, should be required reading for every language researcher. As an instructor for a master's level research methods course, I believe that Porte is responsible and fair in his representation of the manner in which studies are reported and of the types of information that we should be interested in seeing as readers. Students using this book would certainly come away with a much clearer sense of how research concepts interact in the real world of a research study.”
“Porte's book is an excellent new tool in the field, and I would not have any reservations in using it in my own research, or with students.”
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CF: Linguistics

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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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