Methodology and Pedagogy in Educational Sociolinguistics: Researching and Teaching in Linguistically Diverse Schools

  • Angela Creese
Part of the Educational Linguistics book series (EDUL, volume 11)


This chapter considers the scope of educational linguistics in schools of education. It considers how ‘linguistic’ analysis can contribute to the kinds of interdisciplinary conversations necessary in schools of education to produce better models of educability. It makes an argument for the use of research teams for dealing with the complexity of educational issues today and shows how this can lead to transdisciplinary theory building and practical solutions. Two kinds of teams are illustrated. The first is a team of educational linguists involved in researching a core area of educational linguistics, that of multilingualism and schooling. An account is given of a team of researchers sharing a background in educational linguistics but bringing different perspectives to the research process. The importance of a multilingual team in transdisciplinary knowledge construction is described. The second team described involves an educational linguist working with other colleagues in a school of education from different disciplinary backgrounds and describes how educational linguistics plays its role in developing specific research ideas and agendas.


Research Participant Chinese School Mandarin Speaker Transdisciplinary Process Applied Linguistic 
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  • Angela Creese
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  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of BirminghamBirminghamUK

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