The Think-Aloud Controversy in Second Language Research aims to provide some answers to questions about the validity and use of think-alouds, verbal reports completed by the language learner during the performance of a task. It offers both an overview of how think-alouds have been used in language research and presents a meta-analysis of findings from studies involving verbal tasks and think-alouds. The book begins with the theoretical background and empirical research into the validity of think-alouds, then offers guidance regarding the practical issues of data collection and analysis, and concludes with discussions of implications and future research directions. With its focus on a much discussed data elicitation method in language research, this timely work is relevant to students and researchers from all theoretical perspectives who collect first or second language data.
Melissa A. Bowles is Assistant Professor of Spanish, Linguistics, and SLATE (Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her main research interests are instructed second/heritage language acquisition and research methods.