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ERIC Number: EJ941722
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
Mind the Gap: Unexpected Pitfalls in Doing Classroom Research
Baker, Amanda A.; Lee, Joseph J.
Qualitative Report, v16 n5 p1435-1447 Sep 2011
Inherent in classroom research are the inevitable, and often unanticipated, challenges experienced by researchers. This article moves beyond the main issues highlighted in the literature and identifies some of the problems the authors encountered when conducting two common methodological procedures, classroom observations and stimulated recall interviews (SRIs), as part of our dissertation research investigations. The paper first surveys what the literature describes as the main areas of concern with these two procedures. It then pulls away from these resources to explore actual difficulties we experienced that we believe are inadequately addressed in the literature. Using illustrations from our dissertation projects, we examined several recurring challenges we faced, including participant discomfort with specific types of SRI questions and different forms of participant-researcher interaction during non-participatory classroom observations. For each of these problems, we provide a series of recommendations for researchers who plan to use similar methodological protocols in classroom research.
Descriptors: Classroom Research, Research Methodology, Researchers, Problems, Observation, Classroom Environment, Investigations, Recall (Psychology), Verbal Communication, Context Effect, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Pronunciation Instruction, Interpersonal Relationship, Novices, Anxiety, Data Collection
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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