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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... readers will similarly be able to use this forum to reflect critically on their own research approaches , comparing their experiences with those of the contributors and emerging with a deeper under- standing of and respect for the ...
... readers as situated in cultural contexts and to examine the rhetoric of our inquiry in conducting empirical research . In the last chapter in this part , Richard Beach discusses the nature of descriptive and experimental research , its ...
... readers ' and writers ' comments from oral protocols , he focuses on the critical decisions necessary to classify and sort research data . Grant- Davie goes on to discuss how coding and classifying data are involved in virtually all ...
... reading is , instead , a kind of directed ramble , something like an August mushroom hunt . There are various concurrent intentions in it : I am looking for information on my specific question ; I am looking to increase my own general ...
... reading secondary sources . ) What is the researcher's 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 ...
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