Methods and Methodology in Composition Research / Edition 1

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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.

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In 14 original essays, composition researchers critically examine their own work and choice of research methodologies--from case studies and ethnographies to cognitive and experimental studies--reflecting on the epistemological assumptions, practical questions, and ideological issues that inform or accompany their respective methods. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809317271
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
  • Publication date: 6/3/1992
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,219,312
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Gesa Kirsch is assistant professor of English at Wayne State University. She is coeditor of A Sense of Audience in Written Communication.

Patricia A. Sullivan is assistant professor of English and associate director of composition at the University of New Hampshire.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Research Methods and Methodology
1 Dreams and Play: Historical Method and Methodology 15
2 Feminism and Methodology in Composition Studies 37
3 Writing Theory : : Theory Writing 62
4 Context-Sensitive Text Analysis 84
5 Analyzing Talk about Writing 105
6 The Narrative Roots of the Case Study 130
7 Ethnography and Composition: Studying Language at Home 153
8 Composition from the Teacher-Research Point of View 172
9 Connecting Cognition and Context in Composition 190
10 Experimental and Descriptive Research Methods in Composition 217
Pt. II Research Problems and Issues
11 Methodological Pluralism: Epistemological Issues 247
12 Coding Data: Issues of Validity, Reliability, and Interpretation 270
13 Collaborative Scholarship in Composition: Some Issues 287
14 Methods, Methodologies, and the Politics of Knowledge: Reflections and Speculations 314
Notes on Contributors 333
Index 339
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