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Language Revitalisation in Gaelic ScotlandLinguistic Practice and Ideology$
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Stuart Dunmore

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474443111

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474443111.001.0001

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Exploring Outcomes of Gaelic-Medium Education: Research Design and Analysis

Exploring Outcomes of Gaelic-Medium Education: Research Design and Analysis

(p.43) 3 Exploring Outcomes of Gaelic-Medium Education: Research Design and Analysis
Language Revitalisation in Gaelic Scotland

Stuart Dunmore

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter outlines the immediate context and parameters of the study that informs the book, including the research design adopted to establish validity and investigate the key social and linguistic questions identified in previous chapters. It firstly provides a succinct overview of GME in Scotland, outlining the system’s growth and identifying the expectations of parents and practitioners in its earliest years, before situating the present research within the wider experience of GME in Scotland. It subsequently summarises the overall design of the research, which employs both quantitative and qualitative methods. Semi-structured interviews and an online questionnaire are employed to examine language use and attitudes and facilitate data triangulation of research results. The chapter then outlines and describes the pool of participants among whom the research is conducted. Lastly, it describes the various methods used to contact this group, and to analyse the quantitative and qualitative datasets. The chapter will discuss how the dual qualitative analytic focus on discourse content and form contributes to the validity of the analysis, by delving below the surface semantics of speech acts to consider speakers’ pragmatic meanings holistically.

Keywords:   Gaelic education, Ethnography of speaking, Research methods, Data triangulation

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