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 Few composition scholars two decades ago would have imagined the rate at which their field is now developing, expanding beyond its boundaries, creating new alliances, and locating new sites for research and generation of knowledge. In their introduction to this volume, Farris and Anson argue that, faced with a welter of competing models, compositionists too quickly dichotomize and dismiss.


The contributors to Under Construction, therefore, address themselves to the need for commerce among competing ...

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Overview


 Few composition scholars two decades ago would have imagined the rate at which their field is now developing, expanding beyond its boundaries, creating new alliances, and locating new sites for research and generation of knowledge. In their introduction to this volume, Farris and Anson argue that, faced with a welter of competing models, compositionists too quickly dichotomize and dismiss.


The contributors to Under Construction, therefore, address themselves to the need for commerce among competing visions of the field. They represent diverse settings and distinct points of view, but their over-riding interest is in promoting a view of the field that values interaction and mutual development above dogmatics and isolation.




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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874213188
  • Publisher: Utah State University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1998
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • File size: 575 KB

Table of Contents

Introduction: Complicating Composition 1
Pt. 1 The Research/Theory/Practice Relationship
1 Theory, Research, Practice, Work 11
2 Composing Composition Studies: Scholarly Publication and the Practice of Discipline 19
3 Toward a Theory of Theory for Composition Studies 30
Pt. 2 Critiquing Theories in Practice
4 The Dialogic Function of Composition Pedagogy: Negotiating Between Critical Theory and Public Values 51
5 Keeping Honest: Working Class Students, Difference, and Rethinking the Critical Agenda in Composition 65
6 Rethinking the Personal Narrative: Life-Writing and Composition Pedagogy 79
7 What Difference the Differences Make: Theoretical and Epistemological Differences in Writing Assessment Practice 93
Pt. 3 Refiguring and Relocating Research
8 Voices of Research: Methodological Choices of a Disciplinary Community 111
9 Grounded Theory: A Critical Research Methodology 124
10 Feminist Methodology: Dilemmas for Graduate Researchers 136
11 Insider/Outsider/Other?: Confronting the Centeredness of Race, Class, Color and Ethnicity in Composition Research 150
12 Re-centering Authority: Social Reflexivity and Re-Positioning in Composition Research 166
13 Tracking Composition Research on the World Wide Web 181
14 Farther Afield: Rethinking the Contributions of Research 196
Pt. 4 Remaking Knowledge and Rewriting Practice
15 A Rhetoric of Teacher-Talk - Or How to Make More Out of Lore 217
16 Theory, Practice, and the Bridge Between: The Methods Course and Reflective Rhetoric 234
17 Rewriting Praxis (and Redefining Texts) in Composition Research 250
18 Coming (in)to Consciousness: One Asian American Teacher's Journey into Activist Teaching and Research 282
Works Cited 302
Contributors 324
Index 329
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