UZAJ5103 Introduction to Research Methodology

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2020
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 10 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. Mgr. František Tůma, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. et Mgr. Adéla Červenková (assistant)
Mgr. Nikola Kupčíková (assistant)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Jana Chamonikolasová, Ph.D.
Department of English and American Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Tomáš Hanzálek
Supplier department: Department of English and American Studies - Faculty of Arts
each even Friday 15:00–16:40 G31
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 12 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 12/12, only registered: 0/12
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
This is an introductory course in research methods. We will focus on research in the field of English language teaching (ELT) and applied linguistics. The students will become familiar with the specific forms of such research and its realization. The focus will be on general assumptions in qualitative and quantitative research as well as on particular processes and considerations in selected qualitative and quantitative research traditions.
Learning outcomes
The students will be able to select and use appropriate methods of data collection and procedures of data analysis. The students will be able to analyse published research reports and will be aware of ethical considerations in research in educational settings.
  • Introduction. Qualitative vs. quantitative research in applied linguistics. Qualitative research traditions (I): Ethnomethodology and Conversation analysis in ELT. Data collection, transcription and analysis. Qualitative research traditions (II): Interviews and the Grounded Theory in ELT. Preparation and conduct of an interview, analysis of transcripts. Analysis of qualitative research reports: structure, ways of presenting findings. Quantitative research traditions (I): Survey research in ELT. Construction, administration and analysis of questionnaires. Introduction to descriptive statistics. Presentation of findings in quantitative studies, IMRaD structure of research reports. Quantitative research traditions (II): Experimental research in ELT. Considerations and possibilities, introduction to inferential statistics. Considerations in qualitative and quantitative research designs: Selection of methods of data collection and analysis for various types of problems in ELT, sampling issues. Ethics in research in educational settings. Quality of research (validity, reliability, trustworthiness, etc.).
  • YIN, Robert K. Qualitative research from start to finish. Second edition. New York: The Guilford press, 2016. xxix, 386. ISBN 9781462521340. info
  • PLOWRIGHT, David. Using mixed methods: frameworks for an integrated methodology. London: SAGE, 2011. x, 205. ISBN 9781848601086. info
  • CRESWELL, John W. Research design : qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches. 3rd ed. London: Sage, 2009. xxix, 260. ISBN 9781412965576. info
  • DÖRNYEI, Zoltán. Research methods in applied linguistics : quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methodologies. First published. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007. 336 stran. ISBN 9780194422581. info
  • CRESWELL, John W. Educational research : planning, conducting, and evaluating quantitative and qualitative research. 2nd ed. Upper Saddle River: Pearson Education, 2005. 623 s. ISBN 0131293451. info
  • YIN, Robert K. Case study research: Design and methods. Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications, 2003. info
  • BROWN, James Dean and Theodore S. RODGERS. Doing second language research. First published. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. xiv, 314. ISBN 9780194371742. info
  • NUNAN, David. Research methods in language learning. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992. xii, 249. ISBN 0521429684. info
Teaching methods
Class discussion, groupwork, homework, reading.
Assessment methods
Active participation in classes. The UZAJ5103 (part-time students’) course is finished with examination. The examination is written and the students can take the test only if their Assignment 1 is accepted and if they have submitted Assignments 2 and 3.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught once in two years.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2018, Spring 2019.
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