Methods and Methodology in Composition Research
Gesa Kirsch, Patricia A. Sullivan
SIU 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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... discourse , that whatever it searches for , it finally and inevitably entails an act of writing . We encoun- ter writing in the languages with which we conduct our search and in the discourses we compose to convey our findings to others ...
... . Sullivan argues that a fully realized feminist voice in composition studies will entail both reactive and proactive components - feminist rereadings and cri- 6 tiques of androcentric discourse practices in the academy and Introduction.
... discourses about writing , such bases have not actually persuaded us to significantly redefine either our assumptions about written discourse or our teaching practices . She sketches the emergence of a " fully theoretical phase , " one ...
... discourse " when they are so little treated in modern textbooks ? That was the vague curiosity that began the research that ended in my essay " The Rise and Fall of the Modes of Discourse . " In another case , the question arose in my ...
... discourse commu- nity likely to know already , likely to accept as given ? If I claim , for instance , that composition teaching burgeoned after the Civil War because of the growth of universities and the needs of a capitalist economy ...
Feminism and Methodology
ContextSensitive Text Analysis
Analyzing Talk about Writing
The Narrative Roots of the Case Study
Connecting Cognition and Context
Experimental and Descriptive Research
Issues of Validity Reliability
Methods Methodologies and the Politics
Notes on Contributors