Methods and Methodology in Composition Research
Gesa Kirsch, Patricia A. Sullivan
Southern Illinois University Press, 1992 - 354 pages
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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... coding system , the greater the threat to its validity - to its faithfulness to the data . For example , a coding system in which data are divided into units and each unit is classified into a single category seems to assume that people ...
... systems of measur- ing writing performance , Janice Lauer and William Asher define the validity of such a system as “ its ability to measure whatever it is intended to assess " ( 140 ) . If we apply this definition to coding systems and ...
... coding and endows the system with the appearance of impartiality , making it seem a " truer , " more " scientific " instrument of analysis . My point is , we should neither trust nor demand that coding systems be the equivalent of ...
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