Educational research

Opinions and commentary on educational issues and concerns

Posts By: Jim Mckinley

Forthcoming Article in Higher Education

📥  Language and Educational Practices, Uncategorised

Rose, H. & McKinley, J. (2017). Japan's English medium instruction initiatives and the globalization of higher education, accepted for publication in Higher Education.

This article analyses a recent initiative of Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) which aims to internationalize higher education in Japan. It then presents an analysis of publicly available documents regarding the policy, collected from all thirty-seven of the participant universities of the Top Global University Project. Findings indicate a positive departure from older policy trends, and the emergence of flexible, unique forms of English language education in Japan’s universities.

 

New Research Article in Applied Linguistics

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Rose, H. & McKinley, J. (2016). The prevalence of pedagogy-related research in applied linguistics: Extending the debate. Applied Linguistics, advance access online 10 December.

In this article, we respond to the special issue ‘Definitions for Applied Linguistics’, where the past and future of applied linguistics are discussed, and the place of pedagogy in the field’s scope is debated. Findings of the study suggest a number of practice-oriented journals now take the lion’s share of pedagogical research, allowing other key applied linguistics journals to focus on a diverse range of non-pedagogy-related language problems. Nevertheless, in general, pedagogy remains a key topic in the field.

 

New Edited Volume on Doing Research in Applied Linguistics

📥  Language and Educational Practices

Jims book

Doing Research in Applied Linguistics: Realities, dilemmas, and solutions provides insight and guidance for those undertaking research, and shows the reader, through honest portrayals of the often glossed-over problems experienced in applied linguistics research, how to deal with the challenges of this research involving real people in real settings. The volume features over twenty chapters by experienced and up-and-coming researchers from around the world.