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ERIC Number: EJ1042246
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0951-0893
Connecting with Teachers: The Case for Language Teaching Research in the Social Sciences
Kiely, Richard
ELT Journal, v68 n4 p442-450 Oct 2014
Paul Stapleton's assessment of the current state of language teaching research (LTR) raises important issues. However, his proposal that social science research approaches in ELT have failed, and that that they should be replaced by approaches from the biological sciences, is unlikely to connect with the knowledge-building needs of ELT professionals. In this Counterpoint article, I first identify some areas where Stapleton's analysis seems valid. Second, I examine the alignment of claims and evidence set out by Stapleton, illustrating misunderstandings and misrepresentations in his core arguments. Third, I attempt to show that despite a problematic theory-practice relationship over many decades, LTR has made a contribution to professional practice. Finally, I suggest areas for further research in ELT that illustrate the need to embed our activity even more firmly in the social sciences, and continue to be wary of the allure of an easy solution from neuroscience.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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