Thematic and Methodological Trends in ELT Master’s Theses and Doctoral Dissertations on Flipped Learning

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İlter O.

Biruni University 1st International English Language Teaching (ELT) Conference: "Catchy Trends in ELT", 15 - 16 October 2021, pp.71-87

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Page Numbers: pp.71-87
  • Erzincan Binali Yildirim University Affiliated: Yes


As flipped learning gained popularity in Turkish ELT academia, more master’s theses and

doctoral dissertations on flipped learning have been supervised in ELT graduate programs. Therefore,

depicting the thematic and methodological trends in ELT master’s theses and doctoral dissertations on

flipped learning in Turkey seems to be meaningful to provide insights towards the current research

tendencies and to point out research gaps for novice researchers in Turkey. Thus, the researcher

conducted a descriptive content analysis by reviewing the theses from 2010 to 2021 in the National

Thesis Centre database of Turkish Council of Higher Education. As a result, 24 master’s theses and 6

PhD dissertations were found eligible for analysis. Findings showed that there has been an increase in

the ELT theses studying flipped learning since 2018; the mixed-methods approach was employed most

often; in the majority of the theses, quasi-experimental design was employed, followed by case studies;

flipped learning was generally implemented to teach grammar, writing, and speaking; and two main

research foci were dominant across the theses: achievement and learners’ attitudes towards flipped

learning. The findings obtained from this study are expected to contribute to future graduate studies

conducted on flipped learning in ELT.