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Writing Studies Research in Practice

Writing Studies Research in Practice

Methods and Methodologies

  • Author: Lee Nickoson,Mary P Sheridan
  • Publisher: SIU Press
  • ISBN: 0809331152
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 289
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An essential reference for students and scholars exploring the methods and methodologies of writing research. What does it mean to research writing today? What are the practical and theoretical issues researchers face when approaching writing as they do? What are the gains or limitations of applying particular methods, and what might researchers be overlooking? These questions and more are answered by the writing research field’s leading scholars in Writing Studies Research in Practice: Methods and Methodologies. Editors Nickoson and Sheridan gather twenty chapters from leaders in writing research, spanning topics from ethical considerations for researchers, quantitative methods, and activity analysis to interviewing and communitybased and Internet research. While each chapter addresses a different subject, the volume as a whole covers the range of methodologies, technologies, and approaches—both old and new—that writing researchers use, and examines the ways in which contemporary writing research is understood, practiced, and represented. An essential reference for experienced researchers and an invaluable tool to help novices understand research methods and methodologies, Writing Studies Research in Practice includes established methods and knowledge while addressing the contemporary issues, interests, and concerns faced by writing researchers today.

Writing Studies Research in Practice

Writing Studies Research in Practice

Methods and Methodologies

  • Author: Lee Nickoson,Mary P Sheridan
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
  • ISBN: 9780809331147
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 304
  • View: 302
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An essential reference for students and scholars exploring the methods and methodologies of writing research. What does it mean to research writing today? What are the practical and theoretical issues researchers face when approaching writing as they do? What are the gains or limitations of applying particular methods, and what might researchers be overlooking? These questions and more are answered by the writing research field’s leading scholars in Writing Studies Research in Practice: Methods and Methodologies. Editors Nickoson and Sheridan gather twenty chapters from leaders in writing research, spanning topics from ethical considerations for researchers, quantitative methods, and activity analysis to interviewing and communitybased and Internet research. While each chapter addresses a different subject, the volume as a whole covers the range of methodologies, technologies, and approaches—both old and new—that writing researchers use, and examines the ways in which contemporary writing research is understood, practiced, and represented. An essential reference for experienced researchers and an invaluable tool to help novices understand research methods and methodologies, Writing Studies Research in Practice includes established methods and knowledge while addressing the contemporary issues, interests, and concerns faced by writing researchers today.

Practicing Research in Writing Studies

Practicing Research in Writing Studies

Reflexive and Ethically Responsible Research

  • Author: Katrina M. Powell,Pamela Takayoshi
  • Publisher: Hampton Press (NJ)
  • ISBN: 9781612890890
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 431
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Reaearch practices much like literacy and writing themselves are shaped by and responsive to context. Contemporary research methodologists ahve increasingly called upon researchers to be explicitly and systematically reflexive about their practices. As writing researchers have begun untangling the complexities of ethical research practice, new practices have developed and new issues have arisen. This volume contributes to the continuing examination and development of ethically responsible, self-reflexive and systematic research on wirting. With a look toward the ways diffreactive methodology can inform our self-reflexitivity this volume highlights particular ways o looking back and forward, as ways to complicate our practices in the moment. The volume includes chapters focused on theories of research, research and institutional practices and reflexive/diffractive research practices.

Methods and Methodology in Composition Research

Methods and Methodology in Composition Research

  • Author: Gesa Kirsch,Patricia A. Sullivan
  • Publisher: SIU Press
  • ISBN: 9780809317271
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 354
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In original essays, fourteen nationally known scholars examine the practical, philosophical, and epistemological implications of a variety of research traditions. Included are discussions of historical, theoretical, and feminist scholarship; case-study and ethnographic research; text and conversation analysis; and cognitive, experimental, and descriptive research. Issues that cross methodological boundaries, such as the nature of collaborative research and writing, methodological pluralism, the classification and coding of research data, and the politics of composition research, are also examined. Contributors reflect on their own research practices, and so reflect the current state of composition research itself.

Creative Writing Studies

Creative Writing Studies

Practice, Research and Pedagogy

  • Author: Prof. Graeme Harper,Dr. Jeri Kroll
  • Publisher: Multilingual Matters
  • ISBN: 9781847696793
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 200
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The chapters in this book range across all three areas of its subtitle practice, research and pedagogy – testifying to the integrated nature of creative writing as a university discipline. Writers from the USA, the UK and Australia concentrate on the most critical issues facing this popular, fast-developing and sometimes embattled area of study: practice-led research in creative writing; the nature of higher degrees; the place of critical/theoretical discourse in the discipline; the best teaching methods at undergraduate and postgraduate levels; and the challenge of creative writers who are also university teachers. These exciting essays, thus, chart creative writing’s evolution as a site of knowledge in the contemporary university.

Strategies for Empirical Research in Writing

Strategies for Empirical Research in Writing

  • Author: Mary Sue MacNealy
  • Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9780205272532
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 260
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Strategies for Empirical Research in Writing is a particularly accessible approach to both qualitative and quantitative empirical research methods, helping novices appreciate the value of empirical research in writing while easing their fears about the research process. This comprehensive book covers research methods ranging from traditional experiments to newer practices such as focus groups, using graphics and real-life examples to clarify concepts. Readers do not need a scientific background to understand the issues involved, and they will find this book non-threatening. Though Strategies is friendly and even humorous in tone, it takes research in writing seriously, advocating rigorous design and implementation of empirical research projects to establish credible findings. This book introduces readers to methods and strategies for research and provides them with enough knowledge to become discerning, confident consumers of research in writing. Topics covered include: library research, empirical methodology, quantitative research, experimental research, surveys, focus groups, ethnographies, and much more. Anyone (novice or guru) who needs to perform statistically valid research.

Becoming a Writing Researcher

Becoming a Writing Researcher

  • Author: Ann M. Blakeslee,Cathy Fleischer
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1135642680
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 248
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Becoming a Writing Researcher effectively guides students through the stages of conducting qualitative writing research, from the initial step of seeing themselves as researchers, to identifying research questions, selecting appropriate tools, conducting the research, and interpreting and reporting the findings. Authors Ann M. Blakeslee and Cathy Fleischer describe various qualitative methods and provide readers with examples of real-world applications. Exercises and activities, as well as anecdotes from both novice and seasoned researchers, serve to acquaint readers thoroughly with the practice of carrying out research for scholarly or professional purposes. The textbook introduces students to research methods in a gradual and contextualized manner. Each chapter opens with a discussion of general issues regarding a particular portion of the research process, followed by a consideration of the various physical, conceptual, and strategic tools that allow a beginning researcher to conduct that part of the process. Sections within each chapter also cover: personal and theoretical perspectives and biases that influence specific stages of the research process ethical issues associated with phases of the research process the identity, ethos, and experiences of the researcher. Becoming a Writing Researcher is an essential text for all novice researchers, and is well suited for use in graduate-level research methods courses in composition and technical communication. It is also ideal for use in other disciplines with strong qualitative methodology research programs, including education.

Digital writing research

Digital writing research

technologies, methodologies, and ethical issues

  • Author: Heidi A. McKee,Dànielle Nicole DeVoss
  • Publisher: Hampton Pr
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 454
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The End of Composition Studies

The End of Composition Studies

  • Author: David W Smit
  • Publisher: SIU Press
  • ISBN: 9780809327515
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 249
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The End of Composition Studies urges a reconceptualization of graduate work in rhetoric and composition, systematically critiques the limitations of current pedagogical practices at the postsecondary level, and proposes a reorganization of all academic units.

Rhetoric and Composition As Intellectual Work

Rhetoric and Composition As Intellectual Work

  • Author: Gary A. Olson
  • Publisher: SIU Press
  • ISBN: 9780809389339
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Ethics and representation in qualitative studies of literacy

Ethics and representation in qualitative studies of literacy

  • Author: Peter Mortensen,Gesa Kirsch
  • Publisher: Natl Council of Teachers
  • ISBN: 9780814115961
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 317
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Researching Writing

Researching Writing

An Introduction to Research Methods

  • Author: Joyce Kinkead
  • Publisher: University Press of Colorado
  • ISBN: 1607324792
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 356
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Researching Writing is an accessible, informative textbook that teaches undergraduates how to conduct ethical, authentic research in writing studies. The book introduces students to the research approaches used most often and offers a course framework for professors creating or teaching research courses themselves. Author Joyce Kinkead lays out the research process, including finding and defining questions, planning, and starting the research. Expository content introduces the language and methods of writing research, and specific methods are demonstrated in published examples, illustrating student work using student work and showing that it is possible for students to join the scholarly conversation in writing studies. Other features include student activities, instructor resources, student resources, and links to external content on journal websites, digital publications, YouTube, and similar work. The first-ever textbook for research methods in writing studies for undergraduates, Researching Writing takes a hands-on approach that excites and engages students in the depth and complexities of research and will influence the creation of courses in new writing majors as the field continues to grow.

Composing Research

Composing Research

A Contextualist Research Paradigm for Rhetoric and Composition

  • Author: Cindy Johanek
  • Publisher: Utah State University Press
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 240
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Cindy Johanek offers a new perspective on the ideological conflict between qualitative and quantitative research approaches, and the theories of knowledge that inform them. With a paradigm that is sensitive to the context of one's research questions, she argues, scholars can develop less dichotomous forms that invoke the strengths of both research traditions. Context-oriented approaches can lift the narrative from beneath the numbers in an experimental study, for example, or bring the useful clarity of numbers to an ethnographic study. A pragmatic scholar, Johanek moves easily across the boundaries that divide the field, and argues for contextualist theory as a lens through which to view composition research. This approach brings with it a new focus, she writes. "This new focus will call us to attend to the contexts in which rhetorical issues and research issues converge, producing varied forms, many voices, and new knowledge, indeed reconstructing a discipline that will be simultaneously focused on its tasks, its knowledge-makers, and its students." Composing Research is a work full of personal voice and professional commitment and will be a welcome addition to the research methods classroom and to the composition researcher's own bookshelf. 2000 Outstanding Scholarship Award from the International Writing Centers Association.

Computers and the Teaching of Writing in American Higher Education, 1979-1994

Computers and the Teaching of Writing in American Higher Education, 1979-1994

A History

  • Author: Gail E. Hawisher,Sibylle Gruber,Margaret F. Sweany
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9781567502510
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 363
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This book is a history composed of histories. Its particular focus is the way in which computers entered and changed the field of composition studies, a field that defines itself both as a research community and as a community of teachers. This may have a somewhat sinister suggestion that technology alone has agency, but this history (made of histories) is not principally about computers. It is about people-the teachers and scholars who have adapted the computer to their personal and professional purposes. From the authors' perspectives, change in technology drives changes in the ways we live and work, and we, agents to a degree in control of our own lives, use technology to achieve our human purposes. REVIEW: . . . This book reminds those of us now using computers to teach writing where we have been, and it brings those who are just entering the field up to date. More important, it will inform administrators, curriculum specialists, and others responsible for implementing the future uses of technology in writing instruction. - Computers and Composition

Naming What We Know

Naming What We Know

Threshold Concepts of Writing Studies

  • Author: Linda Adler-Kassner,Elizabeth Wardle
  • Publisher: University Press of Colorado
  • ISBN: 0874219906
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 256
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Naming What We Know examines the core principles of knowledge in the discipline of writing studies using the lens of “threshold concepts”—concepts that are critical for epistemological participation in a discipline. The first part of the book defines and describes thirty-seven threshold concepts of the discipline in entries written by some of the field’s most active researchers and teachers, all of whom participated in a collaborative wiki discussion guided by the editors. These entries are clear and accessible, written for an audience of writing scholars, students, and colleagues in other disciplines and policy makers outside the academy. Contributors describe the conceptual background of the field and the principles that run throughout practice, whether in research, teaching, assessment, or public work around writing. Chapters in the second part of the book describe the benefits and challenges of using threshold concepts in specific sites—first-year writing programs, WAC/WID programs, writing centers, writing majors—and for professional development to present this framework in action. Naming What We Know opens a dialogue about the concepts that writing scholars and teachers agree are critical and about why those concepts should and do matter to people outside the field.

Teaching Composition As A Social Process

Teaching Composition As A Social Process

  • Author: Bruce Mccomiskey
  • Publisher: Utah State University Press
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 159
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Bruce McComiskey is a strong advocate of social approaches to teaching writing. However, he opposes composition teaching that relies on cultural theory for content, because it too often prejudges the ethical character of institutions and reverts unnecessarily to product-centered practices in the classroom. He opposes what he calls the "read-this-essay-and-do-what-the-author-did method of writing instruction: read Roland Barthes's essay 'Toys' and write a similar essay; read John Fiske's essay on TV and critique a show." McComiskey argues for teaching writing as situated in discourse itself, in the constant flow of texts produced within social relationships and institutions. He urges writing teachers not to neglect the linguistic and rhetorical levels of composing, but rather to strengthen them with attention to the social contexts and ideological investments that pervade both the processes and products of writing. A work with a sophisticated theory base, and full of examples from McComiskey's own classrooms, Teaching Composition as a Social Process will be valued by experienced and beginning composition teachers alike.

The Politics of Writing Studies

The Politics of Writing Studies

Reinventing Our Universities from Below

  • Author: Robert Samuels
  • Publisher: University Press of Colorado
  • ISBN: 1607325845
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 184
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A friendly critique of the field, The Politics of Writing Studies examines a set of recent pivotal texts in composition to show how writing scholarship, in an effort to improve disciplinary prestige and garner institutional resources, inadvertently reproduces structures of inequality within American higher education. Not only does this enable the exploitation of contingent faculty, but it also puts writing studies—a field that inherently challenges many institutional hierarchies—in a debased institutional position and at odds with itself. Instead of aligning with the dominant paradigm of research universities, where research is privileged over teaching, theory over practice, the sciences over the humanities, and graduate education over undergraduate, writing studies should conceive itself in terms more often associated with labor. By identifying more profoundly as workers, as a collective in solidarity with contingent faculty, writing professionals can achieve solutions to the material problems that the field, in its best moments, wants to address. Ultimately, the change compositionists want to see in the university will not come from high theory or the social science research agenda; it must come from below. Offering new insight into a complex issue, The Politics of Writing Studies will be of great interest to writing studies professionals, university administrators, and anyone interested in the political economy of education and the reform of institutions of higher education in America.

Keywords in Writing Studies

Keywords in Writing Studies

  • Author: Paul Heilker,John Vandenbergh
  • Publisher: University Press of Colorado
  • ISBN: 1457193485
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 224
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Keywords in Writing Studies is an exploration of the principal ideas and ideals of an emerging academic field as they are constituted by its specialized vocabulary. A sequel to the 1996 work Keywords in Composition Studies, this new volume traces the evolution of the field’s lexicon, taking into account the wide variety of theoretical, educational, professional, and institutional developments that have redefined it over the past two decades. Contributors address the development, transformation, and interconnections among thirty-six of the most critical terms that make up writing studies. Looking beyond basic definitions or explanations, they explore the multiple layers of meaning within the terms that writing scholars currently use, exchange, and question. Each term featured is a part of the general disciplinary parlance, and each is a highly contested focal point of significant debates about matters of power, identity, and values. Each essay begins with the assumption that its central term is important precisely because its meaning is open and multiplex. Keywords in Writing Studies reveals how the key concepts in the field are used and even challenged, rather than advocating particular usages and the particular vision of the field that they imply. The volume will be of great interest to both graduate students and established scholars.

Creative Writing Studies

Creative Writing Studies

Practice, Research and Pedagogy

  • Author: Graeme Harper,Jeri Kroll
  • Publisher: Multilingual Matters
  • ISBN: 184769019X
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 169
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Here creative writers who are also university teachers monitor their contribution to this popular discipline in essays that indicate how far it has come in the USA, the UK and Australia.

Negotiating Religious Faith in the Composition Classroom

Negotiating Religious Faith in the Composition Classroom

  • Author: Elizabeth Vander Lei,Bonnie Lenore Kyburz
  • Publisher: Boynton/Cook
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 186
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Religious faith may seem to be so personal that it has no place in the composition classroom. But Negotiating Religious Faith in the Composition Classroom demonstrates the myriad and profound ways that religious faith shapes the work of composition students and instructors, whether or not they are believers. Elizabeth Vander Lei and bonnie kyburz invite you to consider anew how religious faith can help writers and teachers accomplish the goals of composition by addressing questions such as: What is the role of faith in the classroom? How can teachers read and respond to faith-based arguments? In what ways are faith and reason compatible? How can we best help our students-and ourselves-to learn within explicitly religious contexts? Can diversity of religious opinion promote learning in meaningful, passionate ways? Negotiating Religious Faith in the Composition Classroom includes work by scholars from a range of institutions and settings: faith-based and secular, large and small, public and private. Bringing together scholarship on politics, education, rhetoric and composition, these scholars offer practical suggestions for the teaching of writing. Thoughtful, balanced, provocative-Negotiating Religious Faith in the Composition Classroom invites readers to join the conversation about religious faith and the teaching of composition.