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Research on Composition: Multiple Perspectives on Two Decades of Change


reviewed by Constance Chapman June 06, 2006

coverTitle: Research on Composition: Multiple Perspectives on Two Decades of Change
Author(s): Peter Smagorinsky (Ed.)
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807746371, Pages: 280, Year: 2006
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Peter Smagorinsky’s anthology, Research on Composition: Multiple Perspectives on Two Decades of Change (hereafter referred to as Research on Composition) is an excellent text chronicling writing research from 1984 to 2003. As he points out in the volume’s overview, prior to the work of writing researchers like Donald Graves, most studies of writing were quantitative.  Smagorinsky writes: “[T]he research reviewed in [Research on Composition] reflects this more inclusive view of what composition is and how one might investigate and write about it” (p. 3). Research on Composition does contain a disappointment however.  In the chapter entitled “Second-Language Composition Teaching and Learning,” Ilona Leki, et al., report that there has been a tremendous amount of research in second–language (L2) composition teaching and learning during the past 20 years. So much research, they say, that a book rather than a chapter would be needed to cover all of it. Scholars who wish... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 06, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12532, Date Accessed: 12/17/2017 1:27:01 AM

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  • Constance Chapman
    Clark Atlanta University
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    CONSTANCE CHAPMAN, a Fulbright Scholar, is an Assistant Professor of English at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a B.A. from Michigan State University and a M.A. and Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University. In 2003, Dr. Chapman was a Scholar-in-Resident in the New York University Faculty Network Program and a fellow in the Salzburg Seminar in Austria.
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