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Developing research expertise in applied linguistics: capacity-building for today’s interdisciplinary challenges

Wray, Alison and Wallace, Mike 2015. Developing research expertise in applied linguistics: capacity-building for today’s interdisciplinary challenges. ITL: International Journal of Applied Linguistics 166 (1) , pp. 3-36. 10.1075/itl.166.1.01wra

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Abstract

This paper explores the ambiguous nature of applied linguistics as a field of enquiry, to contextualise the interpretation of data from an empirical study into how research expertise in applied linguistics is conceptualised, and how it develops during an academic’s career. Key findings from the study include the importance of being willing to work at the boundaries of one’s knowledge, the capacity to communicate one’s ideas effectively, and the role of a good quality research environment for developing knowledge, skills and confidence. It is proposed that these features fit well with the modern imperative of addressing the world’s major problems though a cross-disciplinary approach to research, putting applied linguists into a strong position to contribute to new research knowledge

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Additional Information: This article is made available as Open Access under a CC-BY license.
Funders: ESRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 2014
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2019 15:27
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/71975

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