Methods and Methodology in Composition Research

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Gesa Kirsch, Patricia A. Sullivan
SIU Press, 1992 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 354 pages
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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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Contents

Historical Method
15
Feminism and Methodology
37
Theory Writing
62
ContextSensitive Text Analysis
84
Analyzing Talk about Writing
105
The Narrative Roots of the Case Study
130
Studying
153
VI
172
Connecting Cognition and Context
190
Experimental and Descriptive Research
217
Epistemological Issues
247
Issues of Validity Reliability
270
Methods Methodologies and the Politics
314
Notes on Contributors
333
Index
339
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About the author (1992)

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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