Kyoto JALT:

Research methods in TESOL

Date: Sunday, November 17th, 2013 Time: 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Speaker: Robert Croker (Nanzan University), Dawn Booth (Kansai Gaidai)

Kyoto JALT's last event of 2013 sees us welcome two special invited speakers to discuss issues of research in TESOL. First, Robert Croker will lead a workshop looking at making effective questionnaires. Next, Dawn Booth will discuss how qualitative data can be strengthened. We hope to see you there for what is sure to be extremely valuable to all who are interested in practitioner research.

Seven steps to writing effective classroom questionnaires by Robert Croker, Nanzan University
Creating a classroom questionnaire might seem daunting, but think of it as a series of seven steps: deciding what information to collect; creating, editing and ordering your questions; writing the title, introduction, instructions and conclusion; laying out your questions; and piloting and checking your questionnaire. This workshop will walk you through these seven steps to help you to create a simple, effective questionnaire to investigate your classroom.

Robert Croker is a professor in the Faculty of Policy Studies, Nanzan University. He is interested in classroom research, particularly action research, qualitative research, and mixed methods. He teaches a number of research methods classes at the undergraduate and graduate level. With Juanita Heigham, he co-edited Qualitative Research in Applied Linguistics: A Practical Introduction (2009, Palgrave Macmillan).

Strengthening the validity of qualitative research by Dawn Booth, Kansai Gaidai
This presentation offers both theoretical and practical guidance for those who are interested in the process of strengthening the validity of their qualitative data analysis. It begins with a basic outline of the type of quality criteria expected in qualitative research and provides practical examples of how the process of peer debriefing may help to achieve part of this criteria.

Dawn Booth is an Assistant Professor at Kansai Gaidai with multiple publications and research awards in the field of language testing and qualitative research. Having completed both a Masterís and PhD thesis using predominantly qualitative methods of data collection, it is hoped that this presentation serves to support others thinking about or in the process of conducting qualitative research.

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

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 500 yen

Venue: Campus Plaza, Kyoto

Location: Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan


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