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College Composition and Communication, Vol. 64, No. 1, September 2012

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Issue Theme: Special Issue: Research Methodologies

  • From the Editor: Speaking Methodologically [FREE ACCESS]

    Kathleen Blake Yancey

  • Remapping Revisionist Historiography

    David Gold

    Abstract: Rhetoric and composition historiography has recently undergone a rapid transformation as scholars have complicated and challenged earlier narratives by examining diverselocal histories and alternative rhetorical traditions. This revisionist scholarship has in turn created new research challenges, as scholars must now demonstrate connectionsbetween the local and larger scholarly conversations; assume a complex, multivocal past as the starting point for historical inquiry; and resist the temptation to reinscribeeasy binaries, taxonomies, and master narratives, even when countering them. This essay identifies and analyzes these challenges, posits responses to them, and suggestsexemplars for future practice.

  • (Per)Forming Archival Research Methodologies

    Lynée Lewis Gaillet

    Abstract: This article raises multiple issues associated with archival research methodologies and methods. Based on a survey of recent scholarship and interviews with experiencedarchival researchers, this overview of the current status of archival research both complicates traditional conceptions of archival investigation and encourages scholars toadopt the stance of archivist-researcher.

  • The Ethics of Archival Research

    Heidi A. McKee and James E. Porter

    Abstract: What are the key ethical issues involved in conducting archival research? Based on examination of cases and interviews with leading archival researchers in composition,this article discusses several ethical questions and offers a heuristic to guide ethical decision making. Key to this process is recognizing the person-ness of archival materials.

  • In Possession of Community: Toward a More Sustainable Local

    Shannon Carter and James H. Conrad

    Abstract: This article summarizes various applications of oral history interviews at local sites to represent the writing of underrepresented groups. The coauthors (a rhetorician andan archivist) discuss the important disciplinary implications for tending to the local, especially at sites where formal archives are hard to come by, offering three principlesfor sustaining the local by combining research design with archival development.

  • Critical Discourse Analysis and Rhetoric and Composition [FREE ACCESS]

    Thomas Huckin, Jennifer Andrus, and Jennifer Clary-Lemon

    Abstract: Over the past two decades, critical discourse analysis has emerged as a major new multidisciplinary approach to the study of texts and contexts in the public sphere.Developed in Europe, CDA has lately become increasingly popular in North America, where it is proving especially congenial to new directions in rhetoric and composition.This essay surveys much of this recent literature, noting how rhet/comp has incorporated CDA methodology in a variety of studies of inequality, ethics, higher education,critical pedagogy, news media, and institutional practices. CDA uses rigorous, empirical methods that are sensitive to both context and theory, making it ideal for the demandsof a range of projects being developed in our field.

  • Special Section: Forum, Issues about Part-Time and Contingent Faculty

  • Institutional Ethnography as Materialist Framework for Writing Program Research and the Faculty-Staff Work Standpoints Project

    Michelle LaFrance and Melissa Nicolas

    Abstract: Institutional ethnography seeks to uncover how things happen—how institutional discourse compels and shapes practice(s) and how norms of practice speak to, for, and overindividuals. The Faculty and Staff Standpoints project is shaped by this methodology, as it explores writing center staff and faculty relationships to their work.

  • Tracking the Mind’s Eye: A New Technology for Researching Twenty-First-Century Writing and Reading Processes [FREE ACCESS]

    Chris M. Anson and Robert A. Schwegler

    Abstract: This article describes the nature of eye-tracking technology and its use in the study of discourse processes, particularly reading. It then suggests several areas of research incomposition studies, especially at the intersection of writing, reading, and digital media, that can benefit from the use of this technology.

  • Data Mining: A Hybrid Methodology for Complex and Dynamic Research

    Susan Lang and Craig Baehr

    Abstract: This article provides an overview of the ways in which data and text mining have potentialas research methodologies in composition studies. It introduces data mining in thecontext of the field of composition studies and discusses ways in which this methodologycan complement and extend our existing research practices by blending the best of whattechnology and researchers have to offer. The authors examine a process model for datamining, discuss benefits and liabilities, and link to increased calls for accountability.

  • Grasping Rhetoric and Composition by Its Long Tail: What Graphs Can Tell Us about the Field’s Changing Shape

    Derek Mueller

    Abstract: Presented as a series of graphs, bibliographic data gathered from College Composition and Communication provides perspective useful for inquiring into the changing shapeof the field as it continues to mature. In its focus on graphing, the article demonstrates an application of distant reading methods to present patterns not only reflective of themost commonly cited figures in CCC over the past twenty-five years, but also attendant to a steady increase in the breadth of infrequently cited figures.

  • Review Essay: Making Sense of Making Knowledge [FREE ACCESS]

    Rebecca Rickly

    Abstract: Reviewed are:

    The Changing of Knowledge in Composition: Contemporary Perspectives
    Lance Massey and Richard C. Gebhardt, editors

    The Present State of Scholarship in the History of Rhetoric: A Twenty-First Century Guide, 3rd edition
    Lynée Lewis Gaillet and Winifred Bryan Horner, editors

    Rhetorica in Motion: Feminist Rhetorical Methods and Methodologies
    Eileen E. Schell and K. J. Rawson, editors

    The Ethics of Internet Research: A Rhetorical, Case-Based Process
    Heidi A. McKee and James E. Porter

    Becoming a Writing Researcher
    Ann Blakeslee and Cathy Fleischer

  • CCC Poster Page 11: Discourse Community

  • CCCC News

  • Announcements and Calls

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