The Making of Knowledge in Composition: Portrait of an Emerging Field

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Boynton/Cook Publishers, 1987 - Education - 403 pages
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In a style that combines scholarly care with remarkable readability, North examines the development of the field of composition in a way it has not been examined before. Rather than focusing on what people claim to know about teaching writing, he concerns himself primarily with how they claim to know it. Eight groups of knowledge-makers are treated in separate chapters: Practitioners, Historians, Philosophers, Critics, Experimentalists, Clinicians, Formalists, and Ethnographers. Each of these chapters orients the reader by tracing the mode's first uses in the field and listing its best known and most important adherents; then goes on to explain how the mode of inquiry works, illustrating key points with painstaking analysis of well-known studies. In his final three chapters, North turns from these individual modes to consider the field as a whole: How have these different ways of making knowledge come together? What is Composition now, and what is it likely to become?

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This book wasn't bad, just very very dry. It was extremely analytical and not overly fun to read. I didn't mind it, it just wasn't my favorite and not something I'd read again. There was useful information within the book, but it was just a struggle to get through it. Read full review

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Preface
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composition Becomes Composition
9
The Practitioners
21
Copyright

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