The Making of Knowledge in Composition by Steven M North. Portrait of an Emerging Field - Heinemann Publishing
The Making of Knowledge in Composition

The Making of Knowledge in Composition

Portrait of an Emerging Field

By Steven M North

In a style that combines scholarly care with remarkable readability, North examines the development of the field of composition in a way it has not been examined before. Rather than focusing on what people claim to know about teaching writing, he concerns himself primarily with how they claim to know it. Eight groups of knowledge-makers are treated in separate chapters: Practitioners, Historians, Philosophers, Critics, Experimentalists, Clinicians, Formalists, and Ethnographers. Each of these chapters orients the reader by tracing the mode's first uses in the field and listing its best known and...


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In a style that combines scholarly care with remarkable readability, North examines the development of the field of composition in a way it has not been examined before. Rather than focusing on what people claim to know about teaching writing, he concerns himself primarily with how they claim to know it. Eight groups of knowledge-makers are treated in separate chapters: Practitioners, Historians, Philosophers, Critics, Experimentalists, Clinicians, Formalists, and Ethnographers. Each of these chapters orients the reader by tracing the mode's first uses in the field and listing its best known and most important adherents; then goes on to explain how the mode of inquiry works, illustrating key points with painstaking analysis of well-known studies. In his final three chapters, North turns from these individual modes to consider the field as a whole: How have these different ways of making knowledge come together? What is Composition now, and what is it likely to become?

Contents

Contents:
I. A Historical Context 1.
composition Becomes Composition II. Practice as Inquiry 2. The Practitioners III. The Scholars 3. The Historians 4. The Philosophers 5. The Critics IV. The Researchers 6. The Experimentalists 7. The Clinicians 8. The Formalists 9. The Ethnographers V. The Dynamics of Inquiry 10. The "Revolution" in Composition 11. Revolution, Phase II.: To the Victors . . .