Investigating MA Theses and PhD Dissertations on Teaching Vocabulary to Young Learners


9th ELT Research Conference, Interdisciplinary approaches: Beyond the borders of ELT methodology, Çanakkale, Turkey, 12 - 14 May 2016, pp.50

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Çanakkale
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.50
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


The purpose of this study is to review and examine the theses written on teaching
vocabulary to young learners. The study is a qualitative study based on document
analysis. Council of Higher Education National Theses Database is used while
searching for the theses. The key words like “child language”, “children English”,
“çocuklara İngilizce”, “çocuklara yabancı dil” are searched and 82 MA Theses and
Ph.D. Dissertations were found in total. 21 of those studies are specifically on teaching
vocabulary to young learners. The researchers investigate the relevant theses and find
out important results regarding the writers genders, which topics are studied, how is
the distribution of the title of the thesis advisers, which research models/designs and
methods are used, how is the sample/study group determined, which data collection
instruments are used, which data analysis techniques are used, how many pages are
the theses, at which university they are written and whether the theses are restricted or
not. The results were quantified using Office 2010, Microsoft Excel program. Based
on the review, the most frequent topic studied is the use of stories; the most frequent
title of advisers of the theses is Assist. Prof. Dr. The data analysis techniques used
mainly are the descriptive statistics. Other variables are presented using the tables
showing their frequencies. Finally, some suggestions are put forward based on the
findings for the MA and PhD students who are looking for new topics to be studied.