Innovation and Eclecticism: Resistance and Continuity

Some Persistent Themes

In this book, as well as in several earlier papers (Weideman 2007, 2009, 2013a, b), I have argued that the design choices that applied linguists face are strongly related to their point of orientation. That point of departure determines the direction in which the design paradigm adopted by applied linguists will take their proposed solution. The previous discussion has summarized the various orientations or traditions that are conventionally used to provide a rational defense of the designs that are produced by applied linguists. In addition to the limitations of such a presentation of applied linguistics as a succession of design styles that have already been referred to, we are also left with the question of the unity of the discipline despite its variations in paradigm.

In all of the various kinds of designs that applied linguists can conceive, the theme of continuity and discontinuity with previous traditions is prominent. So is the quest for innovation in design, often conceived of as a potential disruption of continuity for the sake of advancing the design of the solution. In addition, innovation is sometimes linked to a call for eclecticism, while the discussion of eclecticism in turn stimulates interest in a broad set of design principles for the solutions devised by applied linguists (Weideman 2013d). These themes of innovation and eclecticism have been referred to in passing above; this chapter will deal with and link them to the pursuit of design principles for our work as applied linguists that will be discussed further below.

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