Doing Replication Research in Applied Linguistics

Instructor: Dr. Kevin McManus, Pennsylvania State University

Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 9.30am – 4pm

Replication research is essential to the conduct of good science and the advancement of knowledge. Responding to a groundswell of interest in carrying out replication research, the course will show you in a step-by-step approach how to go about replicating research in applied linguistics. Although replicating previous research as a serious research methodology has only emerged onto the applied linguistics scene relatively recently, it has been a subject of interest for much longer. The result is greater confidence in the interpretation and application of findings and a strong foundation upon which to base the direction of future research.

This course will instruct you how to design and execute your own replication study by introducing you, in step-by-step fashion, to the replication research process. The course will focus on four major parts: (1) fundamental questions about previous research to motivate replication, (2) critical reflection research design and data analysis, (3) a step-by-step guide to executing and writing up a replication study using models published in high-quality journals, (4) dissemination of your replication study. In addition to discussions focused on replication research and data analysis, participants will choose an important study in their area of interest to motivate and design a replication study. In sum, this course seeks to answer a number of questions on the practical aspects of replication research, in particular:

  • what a replication study is
  • how to select a suitable study for replication and
  • why such a study lends itself to such an approach
  • what kind of replication approach is most useful given the nature of the target study
  • how to carry out the study to maximize its replicative potential
  • how to write up the study to highlight its comparative core, and
  • where to publish the work to maximize its impact on the field
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