Lookup NU author(s): Professor Paul Seedhouse
The article examines "task" as research construct as predominantly conceived in terms of task-as-workplan in the task-based learning/second language acquisition literature. It is suggested that "task" has weak construct validity and ontology in an overwhelmingly quantitative paradigm because the construct has a "split personality." Conceptualization is based on the task-as-workplan, but data are gathered from the task-in-process. The article adopts a conversation analysis perspective and demonstrates that the two can be very different. It is proposed that a secure basis for "task" as research construct and for the quantification of discoursal data is attainable only by switching the conceptual and methodological focus to task-in-process.
Author(s): Seedhouse P
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Language Learning
Print publication date: 01/09/2005
ISSN (print): 0023-8333
ISSN (electronic): 1467-9922
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
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