Traditions of Writing Research

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Traditions of Writing Research reflects the different styles of work offered at the Writing Research Across Borders conference. Organized by Charles Bazerman, one of the pre-eminent scholars in writing studies, the conference brought together an unprecedented gathering of writing researchers. Representing the best of the works presented, this collection focuses solely on writing research, in its lifespan scope bringing together writing researchers interested in early childhood through adult writing practices. It brings together differing research traditions, and offers a broad international scope, with contributor-presenters including top international researchers in the field.

The volume's opening section presents writing research agendas from different regions and research groups. The next section addresses the national, political, and historical contexts that shape educational institutes and the writing initiatives developed there. The following sections represent a wide range of research approaches for investigating writing processes and practices in primary, secondary, and higher education. The volume ends with theoretical and methodological reflections.

This exemplary collection, like the conference that it grew out of, will bring new perspectives to the rich dialogue of contemporary research on writing and advance understanding of this complex and important human activity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415993371
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/9/2009
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Part I Approaches in various regions 1

1 Modern "writingology" in China Chen Huijun 3

2 The French didactics approach to writing, from elementary school to university I. Delcambre Y. Reuter 17

3 What factors influence the improvement of academic writing practices? A study of reform of undergraduate writing in Norwegian higher education Olga Dysthe 31

4 Mapping genre research in Brazil: an exploratory study Antonia Dilamar Araüjo 44

5 The teaching and learning of writing in Portugal: the case of a research group Luísa Álvares Pereira ConceiçÃo Aleixo Inés Cardoso Luciana Graça 58

6 Spanish research on writing instruction for students with and without learning disabilities Jesús-Nicasio García Ana-María De Caso-Fuertes Raquel Fidalgo-Redondo Olga Arias-Gundín Mark Torrance 71

Part II Writing education in political and historical contexts 83

7 Writing, from Stalinism to democracy: literacy education and politics in Poland, 1945-1999 Cezar M. Ornatowski 85

8 A pilot investigation: a longitudinal study of student writing in a post-totalitarian state Gil Harootunian 97

9 The continuum illiterate-literate and the contrast between different ethnicities Maria Sílvia Cintra 111

10 Strategies, policies and research on reading and writing in Colombian universities Blanca Yaneth González Pinzon 122

Part III Research on primary and secondary school practice 133

11 Young children revising their own texts in school settings Mirta Castedo Emilia Ferreiro 135

12 Written representations of nominal morphology by Chinese and Moroccan children learning a Romancelanguage Liliana Tolchinsky Naymé Salas 151

13 Relationships between idea generation and transcription: how the act of writing shapes what children write John R. Hayes Virginia W. Berninger 166

14 Academic writing in Spanish compulsory education: improvements after didactic intervention on sixth graders' expository texts Teodoro Álvarez Angulo Isabel García Parejo 181

15 Caught in the middle: improving writing in the middle and upper primary years Val Faulkner Judith Rivalland Janet Hunter 198

16 Teachers as mediators of instructional texts Suzie Y. Null 212

17 Pushing the boundaries of writing: the consequentiality of visualizing voice in bilingual youth radio Deborah Romero Dana Walker 224

18 Classroom teachers as authors of the professional article: National Writing Project influence on teachers who publish Anne Whitney 237

Part IV Research on higher education practice 249

19 The international WAC/WID mapping project: objectives, methods, and early results Chris Thaiss 251

20 Rhetorical features of student science writing in introductory university oceanography Gregory J. Kelly Charles Bazerman Audra Skukauskaite William prothero 265

21 Reading and writing in the social sciences in Argentine universities Paula Carlino 283

22 Preparing students to write: a case study of the role played by student questions in their quest to understand how to write an assignment in economics Barbara Wake 297

23 Can archived TV interviews with social sciences scholars enhance the quality of students' academic writing? Terry Inglese 309

24 Social academic writing: exploring academic literacies in text-based computer conferencing Warren M. Liew Arnetha F. Ball 325

25 Between peer review and peer production: genre, wikis, and the politics of digital code in academe Doreen Starke-Meyerring 339

Part V Theories and methodologies for understanding writing and writing processes 351

26 Writing in multiple contexts: Vygotskian CHAT meets the phenomenology of genre David R. Russell 353

27 The contributions of North American longitudinal studies of writing in higher education to our understanding of writing development Paul Rogers 365

28 Statistical modeling of writing processes Daniel Perrin Marc Wildi 378

29 Writers' eye movements Mark Torrance Åsa Wengelin 394

30 Text analysis as theory-laden methodology Nancy Nelson Stephanie Grote-garcia 406

31 On textual silences, large and small Thomas Huckin 419

Index 432

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