Finding and minding the gaps for language education in Turkey: A content analysis on doctoral dissertations in ELT programs from 2010-2020

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Özcan E. N., Gürsoy E.

Journal of Language and Linguistics Studies, vol.17, no.2, pp.830-847, 2021 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 17 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Journal Name: Journal of Language and Linguistics Studies
  • Journal Indexes: ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)
  • Page Numbers: pp.830-847
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


The number of ELT doctoral dissertations is growing every year, and these are great sources to spot the leading 

research trends and the research gaps in the field.  Previous studies have been conducted to explore research trends

in Turkey, accordingly journal articles and conference proceedings were examined. However, little research has

aimed to investigate doctoral dissertations. As the number of graduates increases every year, a current study

exploring the research trends of ELT in Turkey is needed. Therefore, the present research aims to fill this gap by

examining 252 doctoral dissertations published between 2010 and 2020. Content analysis was conducted on the

titles and abstract parts of the dissertations and then, coding was applied with the help of a priori codes suggested

by the relevant literature. Findings have suggested that Teacher Professional Development is the leading research

topic while Culture, Social, and Gender Issues are found to be under-researched. The results imply that these areas

need improvements on both local and global scales. In light of the findings, further research in certain areas is

suggested for local researchers.