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ERIC Number: EJ970220
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-1175-8708
Choosing between Methodologies: An Inquiry into English Learning Processes in a Taiwanese Indigenous School
Lin, Wen-Chuan
English Teaching: Practice and Critique, v11 n1 p43-59 May 2012
Traditional, cognitive-oriented theories of English language acquisition tend to employ experimental modes of inquiry and neglect social, cultural and historical contexts. In this paper, I review the theoretical debate over methodology by examining ontological, epistemological and methodological controversies around cognitive-oriented theories. I also present a socio-cultural research study on English language learning in a Taiwanese indigenous school as an example for discussion. Findings suggest that non-experimental modes of inquiry that employ multiple methods for multi-layered analysis are productive and appropriate. Socio-cultural theoretical lenses and methodological instruments may liberate research in English language studies and broaden our understanding of English learning and teaching. (Contains 3 tables and 3 extracts.)
Wilf Malcolm Institute for Educational Research, University of Waikato. PB 3105, Hamilton, New Zealand. Tel: +64-7-858-5171; Fax: +64-7-838-4712; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Taiwan