Edited By Dagmar Knorr, Carmen Heine and Jan Engberg
Methods in writing process research: Introduction and overview
Research methods are at the core of assumptions, hypotheses, research questions, and research interests in writing research projects, regardless of researchers’ personal preferences, underlying research decisions, theories, situational circumstances, obstacles and hindrances, etc. Hence, research methods are, without doubt, a principal variable of any approach taken to investigate the production of text and its outcomes.
The major methodological advances of recent years have changed, re-focused and significantly influenced writing process research across Europe. The development of modern writing process tools on the one hand and the acquisition of qualitative and quantitative methods originating from neighboring disciplines, adapted to suit the needs of writing process research on the other, have brought about new techniques to track, investigate and value writing processes and products. Key logging, screen capturing, eye tracking and other process tools, as well as accompanying possibilities to obtain, measure, analyze, compare, assess and, as a consequence, teach, enrich the field of writing process research.
As the field broadens and opens up for transdisciplinary views, process and product phenomena are researched into from more diverse and multiple angles than previously possible. This gives rise to new methodological and theoretical approaches to research and their practical implementation and validation in the writing domains.
The X. prowitec-Symposion “Methods in Writing Process Research”, hosted by the writing center “Schreibwerkstatt Mehrsprachigkeit” at Hamburg University, 14.-15.02.2013 in Hamburg, which also marked the 20th anniversary of the German Association for Professional Communication in Education, Industry and Technology, prowitec e.V., acknowledged...
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