ARE REPLICATION STUDIES INFREQUENT because of NEGATIVE ATTITUDES? INSIGHTS from A SURVEY of ATTITUDES and PRACTICES in SECOND LANGUAGE RESEARCH

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Abstract

Replication is a research methodology designed to verify, consolidate, and generalize knowledge and understanding within empirical fields of study. In second language studies, however, reviews share widespread concern about the infrequency of replication. A common but speculative explanation for this situation is that replication studies are not valued because they lack originality and/or innovation. To better understand and respond to the infrequency of replication in our field, 354 researchers were surveyed about their attitudes toward replication and their practices conducting replication studies. Responses included worldwide participation from researchers with and without replication experience. Overall, replications were evaluated as relevant and valuable to the field. Claims that replication studies lack originality/innovation were not supported. However, dissemination issues were identified: half of published replication studies lacked explicit labeling and one quarter of completed replications were unpublished. Explicit labeling of replication studies and training in research methodology and dissemination can address this situation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1410-1423
Number of pages14
JournalStudies in Second Language Acquisition
Volume44
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 7 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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