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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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