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ERIC Number: ED465994
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Pages: 17
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Conducting (and Constructing) Research on Writing: Rhetorics from the Field.
Fosen, Chris
Researchers seem to discuss only rarely the actual activities and strategies involved in the research process. Part of the problem is in the current conception of research method, which continues to insist that empirical methods are neutral procedures for obtaining results. At every step of the research process, researchers discursively construct and alter their methods, but little of this information is translated into resulting written texts. A project which involved the interviews of composition researchers addresses this gap, asking how they conduct and construct research. One result of these interviews is a deeper understanding of the range of ways in which social factors might affect a researcher's text. In addition, the interviews revealed that those researchers wanting to effect local, situated ends for their research use language that emphasizes measurability and validity while those wanting to influence the direction of the field may not choose the agreed-upon language of a field's practitioners. Composition studies need to adopt a more explicitly rhetorical and situated perspective on research methods, which draws attention to the audiences, purposes, and genres for which research is conducted. (Contains 64 references and 5 notes.) (PM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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