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Subject: Quantitative Research in Applied Linguistics
Question: Hi, I'm Kisno from Indonesia and I work as a freelance applied linguist
in Batam, Indonesia. I have some students that are still confused and
stuck when doing a quantitative research in applied linguistics
especially in the language assessment topic. They are now attending
a literature major in their university but they get nothing from the
campus. Most of them are doing a two-variable language testing, but
in fact their lecturer forces them to apply three-variable research
which actually it is only two variables, for the sake of plagiarism by
the lecturer. What they do not get is the solution upon the problem.
Would anyone help me to find out the best solution upon their
problems? Is there any protection upon their research or is there
anyone intending to accept and publish their work before their
paperwork are stolen? Thank you.

Reply: I'm not sure of all the details of your situation but it sounds very complicated.

In terms of the publishing issue, I have a hard time answering this because I am not
sure what expectations are in an Indonesian university. I agree that it is important to
ensure that student researchers are given proper credit for the sake of their careers.

It sounds like the instructor could be assuming a "work for hire" model meaning that
the students are being "hired" to complete work for the instructor in exchange for
academic credit or work experience. I'm presuming that a recommendation from the
instructor would be significant advantage. I have been in that kind of work environment
where I have collected data, but have not been listed as an author.

I'm not saying it's correct here, just what the instructor may be thinking. As I said, I am
not there to really know the details.

In terms of helping students learn more about quantitative methods, I would try to be a
friendly mentor as best as possible. I do think it's important for students to be exposed
to different ways of researching. What I was taught as gospel at my first institution may
not be the only way.

Learning more about quantitative methods will definitely help students understand that
there are multiple perspectives one can research. That's how I would present it to both
the student and the instructor.

Reply From: Elizabeth J Pyatt      click here to access email
Date: 22-Oct-2012
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  1. Re: Quantitative Research in Applied Linguistics    Nancy J. Frishberg     (22-Oct-2012)

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