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MA TESOL dissertations in a changing global landscape: a case from Iran

Tavakoli, P. and Hasrati, M. (2018) MA TESOL dissertations in a changing global landscape: a case from Iran. Iranian Journal of Language Teaching Research, 6 (1). pp. 109-128. ISSN 2322-1291

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Abstract/Summary

This paper has investigated the way the dissertation writing component of MA TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) programmes in Iran has changed over the past decade in relation to globalization. The data, collected from 40 questionnaires completed by Iranian academic staff teaching these programmes, suggest that while change in the content and curriculum has been minimal, some major shifts are observed in the functions MA dissertations serve. The most fundamental change reported is that dissertations are now seen in this local context as an opportunity to respond to the global trend of publish or perish. The analysis of the data demonstrates a complex picture of how global trends, national higher education policies and regulations and the local initiatives interact with one another to turn MA dissertations into a source of research publications.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM)
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > English Language and Applied Linguistics
ID Code:73682
Publisher:University of Urmiya
Publisher Statement:This is an Open Access journal.

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