ERIC Number: ED305634
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
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Research and the Writing Teacher: A Personal Perspective.
In popular culture, the word "research" is a term of reverence--in academe it is virtually a mantra. Research in any field may wish to seem detached and objective, but it is always political, whether it involves launching rockets or teaching writing, and it depends on a crisis mentality to support it. In the late 1950s and the early 1960s, that crisis mentality led to renewed government support for education in science and math, and it led those in English to lay claim to similar support. The academic politics in mid-century led English teachers to feel great inferiority compared to scientists. This sense of inferiority led to an imitation of the trappings of science. Unfortunately, this adoption of scientific and social scientific research methods has come at a time when even the disciplines which first sponsored such methods have begun to question their validity. Yet those in the English profession can not completely abandon the modes of scientific inquiry that they have come to call research. Instead, they must recognize the narrow limits of research, and broaden the concept of research to include such alternatives as the rhetorical mode of inquiry. Composing is a science, an art, an invention, and a relationship. Modes of inquiry must grow from motives that are deeply personal, composed in conversation with one another. (MM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (40th, Seattle, WA, March 16-18, 1989).