Developing research expertise in applied linguistics

Alison Wray, Mike Wallace
2015 ITL - International Journal of Applied Linguistics  
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
more » ... eloping 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.
doi:10.1075/itl.166.1.01wra fatcat:v2dnzaixuncnlm6x2nqrhqrwle