Are replication studies possible in qualitative second/foreign language classroom research? A call for comparative re-production research

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Abstract

A widely accepted orthodoxy is that it is impossible to do replication studies within qualitative research paradigms. Ontologically and epistemologically speaking, such a view is largely correct. However, in this paper, I propose that what I call comparative re-production research-That is, the empirical study of qualitative phenomena that occur in one context, which are then shown also to obtain in another-is a well-Attested practice in ethnomethodological conversation analysis (CA). By extension, I further argue that researchers who do research on second and foreign language (L2) classrooms inspired by the conversation analysis-for-second-language acquisition movement should engage in comparative re-production research in order to make broad statements about the generality or prototypicality of the qualitative organization of particular practices across languages, cultures and institutional contexts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)367-383
Number of pages17
JournalLanguage Teaching
Volume50
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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