Development of doing research in applied linguistics

experiential learning in Australia

Noparat Tananuraksakul

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In this paper, I apply Kolb’s cycle of experiential learning to discuss processes of research completion during my doctoral study at Macquarie University. I first entered spontaneous learning stage of reflective observation and abstract conceptualization. The second simultaneous stage of active experimentation and concrete experience came next. I then repeated these two stages as the third and fourth stages. Through the four-stage experiential learning cycle in the Australian academic context, I learned that the process of research practice is not only culturally but also socially contextual by which I needed to conform. The conformation was particularly involved with the long process of getting research ethics review approved and the procedures of participant recruitment because this was not relevant to Thai contexts. The primary reason behind the irrelevance may relate to cultural values, being practiced differently and seen as taboo in Thailand. Emphasis on research ethics in Thai contexts therefore is plagiarism.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference
Subtitle of host publicationDoing Research in Applied Linguistics
PublisherKing Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi and Macquarie University
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventDoing Research in Applied Linguistics - Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 21 Apr 201122 Apr 2011


ConferenceDoing Research in Applied Linguistics
CityBangkok, Thailand

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    Tananuraksakul, N. (2011). Development of doing research in applied linguistics: experiential learning in Australia. In Proceedings of the International Conference: Doing Research in Applied Linguistics (pp. 43-50). King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi and Macquarie University.