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Researching underrepresented research communities: Do they think research findings are useful?

Wednesday 8 June 2022, 1.00PM to 2.00pm

Speaker(s): Dr Bimali Indrarathne, Centre for Research in Language Learning and Use

According to Henrich, Heine, and Norenzayan (2010), in many fields, most research is carried out in Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic countries (WEIRD contexts) creating a sampling bias and underrepresentation of the majority of the world population. South Asia is home to 25% of the world population and learning an L2 such as English is essential for young people there to secure better employment and higher education opportunities. However, this large participant base is underrepresented in language education research. In addition, practitioners there seem to have minimal access to research publications. Based on a teacher training initiative, I will discuss whether English language teaching practitioners in the region are aware of language education research findings, whether they understand research and whether they consider these findings relevant to their contexts. 


Location: via Zoom