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Strategies for Empirical Research in Writing

Strategies for Empirical Research in Writing
Author: Mary Sue MacNealy
ISBN 13: 9780205272532
ISBN 10: 205272533
Edition: 1
Publisher: Pearson
Publication Date: 1998-06-11
Format: Paperback
Pages: 260
List Price: $125.40

Strategies for Empirical Research in Writing is a particularly accessible approach to both qualitative and quantitative empirical research methods, helping novices appreciate the value of empirical research in writing while easing their fears about the research process.

This comprehensive book covers research methods ranging from traditional experiments to newer practices such as focus groups, using graphics and real-life examples to clarify concepts. Readers do not need a scientific background to understand the issues involved, and they will find this book non-threatening. Though Strategies is friendly and even humorous in tone, it takes research in writing seriously, advocating rigorous design and implementation of empirical research projects to establish credible findings. This book introduces readers to methods and strategies for research and provides them with enough knowledge to become discerning, confident consumers of research in writing. Topics covered include: library research, empirical methodology, quantitative research, experimental research, surveys, focus groups, ethnographies, and much more.

Anyone (novice or guru) who needs to perform statistically valid research.


Provides information and suggestions for writers in school or in careers who find that their freshman composition courses did not prepare them for the research required by more advanced and specialized writing. Assuming absolutely no background in empirical research and an abiding fear of mathematics, summarizes general concepts and methodology, describes some strategies for writing library-based papers or dissertations, and looks at specific types of empirical research. Among them are meta analysis, surveys, case studies, and feminist and teacher. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.