Some Introductory Terms and Such English 621 | Fall 2011
Assumption #1:Writing ≠ “you just can or can’t do it”
Empirical Research• Systematic research with a plan and a question• Not the same as “looking stuff up” (see McNealy pgs 6&7)• Not “Lore”• Not “faith” and/or “belief,” and that includes grammar... (see McNealy pg 9)• Data that others can/could see
Quantitative vs. Qualitative• Can be fuzzy, tricky, matter of deﬁnition• Can be quite intellectually/politically “loaded” terms (e.g., these two books)• Quantitative = numbers, qualitative ≠numbers (basically)
Quantitative vs. Qualitative• Quantitative methods include surveys, some kinds of textual studies, etc.• Qualitative methods include interviews, observational designs, etc.• (Most writing research nowadays is qualitative)
A few other research things....• There are very few experimental research designs in writing studies• “Action” research is similar to Teacher Research and/or the participatory research model in Blakeslee and Fleischer• All of these models are “Empirical”
A few other research things....• I’m not going to make you do the Blakeslee Fleischer exercises, but they’re useful• The references to MacLean and Mohr on phrasing questions• Think about some of the ethics early• (And I like the appendixes in B&F)
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