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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... understand the complexity involved in adapting research methodologies that have their origin in vastly different disciplinary traditions . Composition studies and rhetoric are likely to be shaped by methodological pluralism in the ...
... understanding the implicit social , political , and methodological issues involved in our work — the writing about writing we call research - can we partake in self - con- sciously shaping our growing research community with respect ...
... understand the prior situation is hopelessly lacking . Partially , of course , knowledge about the present is central data for the historian because causes can be clearly understood only in the light of their effects ; each generation ...
... understanding that occasionally light up the skies for the lucky historian and reveal a whole world whose genesis and current realities have been subtly reshaped— the " Ah ! " of realization that is always the historian's true payoff ...
... understand and accept any claim internal to a document , it must be compared to claims in other documents . When I was searching for information on instructors ' salaries in 1920 , I could not be certain about the figures I found until ...
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