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ERIC Number: EJ824770
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-0010-096X
The Importance of Harmony: An Ecological Metaphor for Writing Research
Fleckenstein, Kristie S.; Spinuzzi, Clay; Rickly, Rebecca J.; Papper, Carole Clark
College Composition and Communication, v60 n2 p388-419 Dec 2008
This essay argues for the value of an ecological metaphor in conceptualizing, designing, and enacting research in writing studies. Such a metaphor conceives of activities, actors, situations, and phenomena as interdependent, diverse, and fused through feedback. This ecological orientation invites composition scholars to research rhetorically: to devise and argue for a systematic account of reality in ways that others find persuasive, useful, and widely applicable while remaining sensitive to the incompleteness and the distortions of a single account. (Contains 10 notes.)
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Language: English
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