ELT research in Turkey: A content analysis of selected features of published articles
This study reviews a selected sample of 274 research articles on ELT, published between 2005 and 2015 in Turkish contexts. In the study, 15 journals in ULAKBIM database and articles from national and international journals accessed according to convenience sampling method were surveyed and relevant articles were obtained. A content analysis was implemented for each article in terms of subjects, research design, data collection tools, samples and data analyses through an “Article Classification Form”. Results showed that Turkish ELT researchers have been mostly interested in language learning and teaching, and commonly used quantitative research designs with more often descriptive tools and analysis procedures compared to inferential analyses. Samples generally consist of undergraduate students and teachers. The main themes were found to be language learning/acquisition, language teaching and teacher education with mostly quantitative research designs between 2005-2015 years. Given the implementational components, it was seen that questionnaires were designed mostly in Likert type, sampling preference was for undergraduate students with 101-300 sample size, and most often descriptive statistical procedure were used. Moreover, some suggestions were made for ELT and applied linguistics researchers related to themes, research designs and statistical procedures.