International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Trends İn Esp Research Tradition: A Comprehensive Review of Research Designs in Ras Published Between 2008-2013

This study surveys the evolution and current state of the research designs – qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods- applied in the inquiry process of research studies under the domain of English for Specific Purposes. The purpose of the study is to generate a discussion on methods in ESP research tradition. Thus, through the medium of a content analysis conducted on the articles published in two indexed online journals - English for Specific Purposes and English for Academic Purposes- during a five-year period (2008-2013) especially for this academic territory, this paper documents the prevalence degree of the methods adopted by the researchers in the field and the context-specific drives which promote the tendency in the employment mode of the designs. In general, the findings show that scholars and researchers involved in the field principaly tend to employ on qualitative research designs in their studies rather than quantitative and mixed-research designs.

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