Manifestations of Key-Word Terms in ELT Research Publications: Are We Not Tuned to Genuine, Art-based Qualitative Lines of Inquiry Yet?

Document Type : Research Paper


1 PhD; English Dept., Sabzevar Branch, Islamic Azad University, Sabzevar, Iran.

2 Associate Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Literature, Alzahra University, Tehran, Iran.



Stated key words after the abstract section in research articles are among those lines of inquiry which have received less attention in Applied Linguists (AL) studies. In this paper, the researcher explored the distribution of stated key terms and expressions as used by 73 researchers in AL domains in both local (NOORMAGZ) and global database publishers (SAGE, ELEVIRE, SINCENCE DIRECT) Those Scimago journal lists, which were abstracted in Thomson Reuters Web of Science [WoS] journals were precisely screened in terms of their compatibility with title vs. topic match index as well as their position in the research articles throughout the whole sampled research papers including Introduction, Review of Literature, Method, Results & Discussion (IRMRD) to explore authors’ tendencies towards art-based utilization of key word selection/assignment for research writing aims. The results over title-topic match indicated that at least one or two stated key words significantly appeared in the title of research paper within both local and global databases with the higher preference for keyword-title match among Iranian researchers. Regarding the most probable positions in the sampled research articles, gained data in this research could not significantly show any differences between local and global researchers. Possible implications were discussed in the light of critical, art-based approaches for key word elaboration/explanation in English Language Teaching (ELT) and AL research. 


Article Title [فارسی]

فهرست بندی و تجلی واژگان کلیدی در مقالات زیانشناسی کاربردی: آیا ما زبان شناسان کاربردی همگام با فرایند های معنا سازی در تحقیقات کیفی حرکت می کنیم؟

Authors [فارسی]

  • مرجان وثوقی 1
  • زهره نفیسی 2
1 عضو هیات علمی دانشگاه آزاد اسلامی واحد سبزوار.
2 دانشیار دپارتمان زبان و ادبیات انگلیسی، دانشگاه الزهراء (س)، تهران ، ایران.
Abstract [فارسی]

واژگان کلیدی اظهاری پس از چکیده در مقاله های تحقیقاتی از جمله آن دسته از تحقیقاتی هستند که در مطالعات رشته های زبان شناسی کاربردی (AL) و آموزش زبان کمتر مورد توجه قرار گرفته اند. در این مقاله ، محقق به بررسی واژگان کلیدی اظهاری توسط 73 محقق در حوزه های AL در میان ناشران بومی (NOORMAGZ) و ناشران پایگاه داده های بین المللی (SAGE ، ELEVIRE ، SINCENCE DIRECT) که در فهرست های ژورنال Scimago ودر بازه ی زمانی سال های 2015 تا 2020، قرار داشتند پرداخته است. مقالات چاپ شده درمجلات وب (Thomson Reuters of Science [WoS]) دقیقاً از نظر سازگاری آنها با عنوان و موضوع و همچنین جایگاه آنها در مقاله های مزبور از جمله مقدمه ، مرور ادبیات ، روش ، نتایج و بحث مورد بررسی قرار گرفت. هدف بررسی گرایش نویسندگان به سمت استفاده بدیع و هنرگونه از کلمات کلیدی در تحقیق خود همگام با تحقیقات کیفی برای اهداف نوشتن مقاله ی پژوهشی بود. نتایج حاصل از مطابقت با عنوان و موضوع نشان داد که حداقل یک یا دو کلمه کلیدی اظهار شده در فهرست واژگان کلیدی با عنوان مقاله تحقیق در هر دو داده های بومی و بین المللی به طور معنی داری مطابقت داشتند (73) = 4.43 ، p = .03. با توجه به جایگاه این کلمات در مقالات تحقیقاتی نمونه گیری شده، داده ها ی موجود در این تحقیق نتوانستند تفاوت معنی داری بین محققان بومی و بین المللی نشان بدهند. مفاهیم ضمنی و احتمالی این نتایج در پرتو رویکردهای انتقادی-کیفی و هنرگرا مبتنی بر توصیف عمیق کلمه های ی کلیدی در مقالات رشته ی آموزش زبان انگلیسی و زبانشناسی کاربردی در نهایت مورد بحث قرار گرفت.

Keywords [فارسی]

  • واژگان کلیدی
  • تعیین و انتخاب واژگان کلیدی
  • مقالات تحقیقاتی
  • تحقیقات بدیع و هنرگرا ی کیفی
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