Doing Research within Communities: Stories and lessons from language and education field research

1st Edition

Kerry Taylor-Leech, Donna Starks

Published April 28, 2016
Reference - 180 Pages
ISBN 9781138852686 - CAT# Y176853

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Doing Research within Communities provides real-life examples of field research projects in language and education, offering an overview of research processes and solutions to the common challenges faced by researchers in the field. This unique book contains personal research narratives from sixteen different and varied fieldwork projects, providing advice and guidance to the reader through example rather than instruction and enabling the reader to discover connections with the storyteller and gain insights into their own research journey. This book:

  • provides advice, practical guidance and support for engaging with a community as a research site;
  • covers the real-life theoretical, ethical and practical issues faced by researchers, such as language choice in multilingual communities, and the insider/outsider status of the researcher;
  • discusses challenges posed by a variety of mono- and multilingual settings, from remote island communities to large urban areas;
  • includes research from across the Asia-Pacific area, including Australia, New Zealand and East Timor, and also the US.

Doing Research within Communities is essential reading for early career researchers and graduate students undertaking fieldwork within communities.


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