E 387M • Methods of Research in Rhetoric and Composition
5:00 PM-6:30 PM
Scholarship in English studies has grown to include many kinds of methods, including interviews, conversation analysis, surveys, discourse analysis, observational studies, and even experiments. Understanding these methods is important both for those who anticipate employing them but also for those who want to be able to read and critique this literature. This seminar addresses the underlying assumptions, practicalities, successes, and limitations of research on reading and writing, broadly conceived. You will learn to read current research critically, to consider the questions best addressed by each approach, to evaluate the outcomes. Considerable time will be devoted to the nuts and bolts of conducting research, from the proposal stage, through data collection, analysis, and presentation. Students with research projects in mind will be able to advance their work, but no prior research experience is expected. This course is for anyone who wants to learn more about research on writing--to conduct research, to learn how to read the research and to teach students at any level to analyze or write texts. Students with research projects in mind will be able to advance their work, but no prior research experience is expected.
READINGS: Readings posted on ERES. REFERENCE: Abelson, Robert. (1995). Statistics as Principled Argument. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. ISBN: 0-805-80528-1. Geisler, Cheryl. (2004). Analyzing Streams of Language. Pearson/Longman. ISBN: 0-321-16510-1. Glesne, Corrine. (2005). Becoming Qualitative Researchers: An (Introduction, 3rd. ed. Allyn & Bacon. ISBN: 0-205-45838-6 Martin, David W. (2003). Doing Psychology Experiments, 6th ed. Wadsworth. ISBN: 0-534-60255-X.