ERIC Number: ED283208
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Publication Date: 1987
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The Making of Knowledge in Composition: Portrait of an Emerging Field.
North, Stephen M.
Addressing the issue of how people come to gain knowledge in the field of composition, this book is concerned with modes of inquiry--the whole series of steps an inquirer follows in making a contribution to a field of knowledge, and with methodological communities--groups of inquirers more or less united by their allegiance to one such mode of inquiry. Since the early 1960s composition, until then a relatively neglected area, has grown tremendously as group after group of investigators have staked out a claim to a portion of the field; but while the accumulated knowledge is impressive, it lacks clear coherence or methodological integrity. This development is dealt with in six major sections, three of which examine specific modes of inquiry and contain chapters on methodological communities subscribing to each mode. Following an introduction, the chapter in the first section presents a historical discussion of how composition came to be a field of inquiry, while the second section's chapter contains a discussion of practitioners. The chapters in the third section describe the methodological communities of three types of scholars in the composition field: the historians, the philosophers, and the critics. The chapters in the fourth section deal with researchers in the field--experimentalists, clinicians, formalists, and ethnographers. The fifth section's two chapters explore the dynamics of inquiry, specifically the two phases of the "revolution" in composition. The sixth and final section presents some thoughts on the future of composition research. Notes, bibliography and an index are appended. (SKC)
Descriptors: Educational Researchers, Experimenter Characteristics, Inquiry, Learning Processes, Research Methodology, Rhetoric, Scientific Methodology, Teaching Methods, Writing (Composition), Writing Instruction, Writing Research
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