Sharing Experiences With Quantitative Research

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Aaron C. Sponseller, Hiroshima University; Gregory Sholdt, Kobe University; Yasuko Okada, Seisen University; Ellen Rettig-Miki, Kobe University; Michael Wilkins, Kwansei Gakuin University

Language teachers in Japan, particularly those at the tertiary level, are facing increased pressure to conduct research. Research employing quantitative methods may seem out of reach for those who have not studied statistics; initial undertakings with quantitative research in the foreign language classroom can be highly challenging. These challenges can simultaneously serve as learning opportunities for the wider community of would-be quantitative teacher–researchers. The Sharing Experiences with Quantitative Research workshop at JALT2016 provided a venue to discuss struggles and successes and get advice for getting started with such research. In this paper, 4 teacher–researchers share their experiences with quantitative research. By engaging in a dialogue with the wider teacher–research community on the research process and their experiences, novice teacher–researchers can improve understandings, explore new ideas, and build confidence to start their next project.