Hiroshima JALT:

Quantitative Research 101: An extended seminar/workshop

Date: Sunday, October 2nd, 2011 Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Speaker: Carol Rinnert and Ian Willey

This one-day workshop is intended for novice and less experienced researchers who wish to gain a better understanding of (1) how to interpret research results presented in the applied linguistics literature, and (2) how to conduct their own research. Four 90-minute sessions are planned. Sessions 1 to 3 are designed for novice and less experienced researchers; experienced researchers are encouraged to join Session 4.

Session 1: Quantitative vs. Qualitative Research
Basic overview of research design and methodology; relating our own research to the field (finding a niche); introduction to helpful reference books; practical advice on getting started, and a guide to designing and analyzing questionnaire data.

Session 2: Statistical Tests
The 5 most commonly used statistical tests in applied linguistics: When and why are they used? How are they run? What does the outcome look like? What do they tell us?

  • Chi-square (or McNemar's, if the cells are not independent).
  • Correlations (including reliability measures).
  • t-test (paired and independent).
  • ANOVA (with post-hoc tests of effects and/or pairwise comparisons, such as Scheffe)
  • Factor analysis

Session 3: Hands-on Demonstration
Practical, step-by-step walk-through of procedures for handling quantitative data, how to get data into SPSS, choosing the most appropriate statistical tests, controlling variables, and interpreting the results (using sample studies).

Session 4: Open Workshop
Participants introduce their own research interests/experiences; get and give advice about the most appropriate methodologies; warn of pitfalls to avoid; share hints for success.


  • For the whole day:
    • Non-members: 5,000 yen (pre-registered: 4500 yen)
    • Members: 4,000 yen (pre-registered, 3,500 yen)
    • Students: 3,000 yen (pre-registered, 2,500 yen)
  • For the 4th session only:
    • Non-members: 1500 yen
    • Members: 1000 yen
    • Students: 500 yen

Pre-registration can be done by contacting Simon Capper any time until Sunday Sept 25th. Advanced reservations strongly advised, places may be limited. For more information, please check the Hiroshima JALT website for announcements or contact Simon Capper.

Organization: Hiroshima Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Hiroshima JALT)

Cost: JALT Members: 4,000 yen
Non-members: 5,000 yen

Venue: Aster Plaza's International Youth House Rooms B-C Hiroshima City (3 blocks south of Peace Park)

Location: Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan


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