Qualitative research methods syllabus 2017

 

Qualitative methods for conducting action research in the communicative language classroom

Prof. Duane Kindt


Building on the first-year Introduction to Action Research course, Qualitative Research Methods provides participants with more advanced skills for conducting AR in communicative language classrooms focusing on qualitative and mixed methods. Depending on student interest and need, instruments and procedures for gathering qualitative data may include questionnaires, interviews, and classroom discourse. Besides building these skills, the course also provides skills in data analysis and presentation, AR design, and an introduction to the Theoretical Background/Literature Review for the Mid-term Report and Final AR Project (AR report or thesis).


To participate fully, please complete all readings and assignments as best you can before each session. Please note that this syllabus is tentative.


Preliminary assignments (please complete before Session 1, April 22)

  1. 1. Dörnyei, Z. (2007). Research methods in applied linguistics: Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed   methodologies. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Chapter 2) (Read and answer the question sheet.)

  2. 2. Ivankova, N. V., & Creswell, J. W. (2009). Mixed methods. In J. Heigham & R. A. Croker (Eds.), Qualitative research in applied linguistics: A practical introduction (pp. 135-161). Basingstoke; New York: Palgrave Macmillan. (Read and note any questions you have.)

  3. 3. Research Design: Mixed Methods Research (Croker, 2016) (Read and note any questions you have.)

  4. 4. Mixed Methods Research: Research Examples (Croker, 2016) (Read and note which design most closely aligns with your project. Prepare to discuss aspects that may inform your study.)


Session 1 (4/22): Introductions

  1. 1. Introduction to QUAL, QUAN, and MMR (Dörnyei, 2007) (Chapter 2)

  2. 2. Research Design: Mixed Methods Research (Croker, 2016) (based on preliminary reading #2, above; see also Dörnyei, 2007 (Chapter 7)

  3. 3. Mixed Methods Research: Research Examples (Croker, 2016)

  4. 4. Introduction to (1) the Action Research Plan 2017, (2) Mid-term Report, (3) the Theoretical Background/Literature Review, and (4) the Reflection assignment, action logging


Assignments for Session 2

  1. 1. Action log 1 (due 4/30)

  2. 2. Action log 1 comments (reacting to others) (due 5/7)

  3. 3. Revised AR Plan 2017 (due 5/17)

  4. 4. Theoretical Background/Literature Review outline (due 5/17)


Session 2 (5/20): Questionnaire and interview data

  1. 1. Gathering qualitative data using questionnaires (Dörnyei, 2007) (Section 5.2) and Analyzing questionnaire data qualitatively (Dörnyei, 2007) (Chapters 10 & 11)

  2. 2. Gathering qualitative data from interviews (Dörnyei, 2007) (Chapter 6)

  3. 3. Analyzing interview data qualitatively (Dörnyei, 2007) (Chapters 10 & 11)

  4. 4. Expanding the Theoretical Background and Reflection assignment

  5. Option: Introduction to statistics (Croker, 2016)


Assignments for Session 3

  1. 1. Action log 2 (due 5/28)

  2. 2. Action log 2 comments (due 6/4)

  3. 3. Analysis of questionnaire data (due 6/14)

  4. 4. Theoretical Background expansion (due 6/14)


Session 3 (6/17): Classroom discourse

  1. 1. Sharing analyses of questionnaire and/or interview data

  2. 2. Introduction to Conversation Analysis (CA), the qualitative analyses of classroom discourse (Kindt, 2017)

  3. 3. Introduction to CA data sessions

  4. 4. Deepening the Theoretical Background and Reflection assignment


Assignments for Session 4

  1. 1. Action log 3 (due 6/25)

  2. 2. Action log 3 comments (due 7/2)

  3. 3. Analysis of interview data/learner talk (due 7/12)

  4. 4. Theoretical Background deepening (due 7/12)


Session 4 (7/15): Presenting qualitative data

  1. 1. Sharing transcriptions of classroom discourse (mini data sessions)

  2. 2. Sharing analyses of classroom discourse

  3. 3. Presenting qualitative data (Dörnyei, 2007) (Chapter 13)

  4. 4. Preparing for the Mid-term Report, Improving the Theoretical Background, and Reflection assignment 


Final assignments

  1. 1. Action log 4 (due 7/23)

  2. 2. Action log 4 comments (due 7/30)

  3. 3. Mid-term Report (20 minutes) and Theoretical Background (10 minutes) (due 8/2, presentations 8/5~6)


Evaluation

Your (1) assignments, (2) reflections, (3) the Theoretical Background, and (4) Mid-term Report will each contribute up to 25% to your final score: C (60-69), B (70-79), A (80-89), A+ (90+). 


Required textbook

Dörnyei, Z. (2007). Research methods in applied linguistics: Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methodologies.  Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Recommended

Brown, J. D. (2014). Mixed methods research for TESOL. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Heigham, J., & Croker, R. A. (2009). Qualitative research in applied linguistics: A practical introduction. Basingstoke; New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. (2010). (6th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Wong, J., & Waring, H. Z. (2010). Conversation analysis and second language pedagogy: A guide for ESL/EFL teachers. New York: Routledge.




  1. Based on the course developed by Robert Croker