Hiver, Phil / Al-Hoorie, Ali H.
Research Methods for Complexity Theory in Applied Linguistics
Series:Second Language Acquisition
Aims and Scope
This accessible guide to Complex Dynamic Systems Theory (CDST) research presents practical methods and templates for how applied linguistics researchers can design and conduct research using the CDST framework and equips readers with the knowledge to ensure compatibility between empirical research designs and the theoretical tenets of complexity.
- MULTILINGUAL MATTERS
- complexity theory; research methods for applied linguistics; practical templates and methods for research; qualitative and quantitative methods; CDST
This book offers both a timely and comprehensive guide to doing empirical research on Complex Dynamic Systems Theory in applied linguistics. A rarity for its breadth and depth, it presents a rich array of methodological options pooled from multiple disciplines of study, promoting and enabling integration of methods beyond mixing.
This book is an eye-opening and completely welcome introduction to a methodological world much wider than most applied linguists will have ever imagined existed. Rather than a how-to book, it is a guide to a plethora of methodological approaches that aim to send ‘one-shot cross-sectional research’ to its timely demise. In this book, readers will find an intriguing new approach for analyzing their data.
A harmonious blend of theory and method, Hiver and Al-Hoorie provide researchers in applied linguistics not only with a rationale but the tools to fully (and finally!) embrace CDST. I expect this book will become a landmark publication for the field.