Traditions of Writing Research
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Traditions of Writing Research reflects the different styles of work offered at the Writing Research Across Borders conference. Organized by Charles Bazerman, one of the pre-eminent scholars in writing studies, the conference facilitated an unprecedented gathering of writing researchers. Representing the best of the works presented, this collection focuses solely on writing research, in its lifespan scope bringing together writing researchers interested in early childhood through adult writing practices. It brings together differing research traditions, and offers a broad international scope, with contributor-presenters including top international researchers in the field
The volume's opening section presents writing research agendas from different regions and research groups. The next section addresses the national, political, and historical contexts that shape educational institutions and the writing initiatives developed there. The following sections represent a wide range of research approaches for investigating writing processes and practices in primary, secondary, and higher education. The volume ends with theoretical and methodological reflections.
This exemplary collection, like the conference that it grew out of, will bring new perspectives to the rich dialogue of contemporary research on writing and advance understanding of this complex and important human activity.
highly structured teaching–learning sequences and too many writing assignments (one per week) have caused some student dissatisfaction. Overall student evaluations show that students appreciate the opportunity to train in both written communication and the specific legal language and genres. 40 O. Dysthe Discussion In light of international research on educational reforms it may seem surprising that the Quality Reform has led to such substantial changes in writing and feedback practices.
textbook—and the efficacy of genre approaches to language teaching. Mapping genre research in Brazil 51 Table 4.2 Distribution of researches by focus of genre investigation Focus of investigation Frequency Percentage Theoretical articles 61 8.8 Description of generic characteristics 501 71.3 Pedagogical applications 126 19.7 Total 688 99.8 These outcomes confirm Bhatia’s (2004) three phases in how the analysis of written discourse has been developed in the last few
writing, through discourse analysis, we analyzed effective teaching practices with the aim of identify- Teaching and learning writing in Portugal 61 ing teachers’ typical professional habits and analyzing the teaching devices they use and the way in which teaching objects are (re)configured, in the classroom, and transformed into objects which are in fact teachable (Schneuwly & Thévenaz-Christen, 2006). Given that the teaching activity does not, after all, always coincide with the teaching
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