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Blended Language Learning: A Thematic Overview of the Most Highly Cited Research
Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Arabic. (LIT)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9343-1878
2018 (English)In: Blended Language Learning: International Perspectives on Innovative Practice / [ed] Dr. Agnieszka Palalas, China Central Radio & TV University Press Co. Ltd , 2018Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter sets out to give an introduction to the blended language learning (BLL) research domain through an analysis of the most impactful BLL research as measured by Harzing’s Publish and Perish software. After an initial outline of the field of BLL and its development, the chapter discusses the research methods and approaches applied in the selected articles and demonstrates that a majority of the articles use a descriptive approach and the dominating method is interpretative studies. The chapter then goes on to analyse the themes of the articles and divides them in to six sections: students’ readiness for BLL, teachers’ perceptions of BLL, learner autonomy and self-regulated learning, second language acquisition, technology and BLL design. Finally, we offer future research directions in order to increase the sustainability of BLL, both as the field of practice and the research area. Overall the 41 reviewed studies present a substantial case for the benefits of BLL. However, to ensure the sustainability of BLL design and thus the generalisability of the research findings further BLL designers and researchers need to apply firm theories.

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China Central Radio & TV University Press Co. Ltd , 2018.
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Human Aspects of ICT
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Intercultural Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-26643OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-26643DiVA: diva2:1161511
Available from: 2017-11-30 Created: 2017-11-30 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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