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Methods in Writing Process Research

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Edited By Dagmar Knorr, Carmen Heine and Jan Engberg

Methods for studying writing processes have significantly developed over the last two decades. The rapid development of software tools which support the collection together with the display and analysis of writing process data and new input from various neighboring disciplines contribute to an increasingly detailed knowledge acquisition about the complex cognitive processes of writing. This volume, which focuses on research methods, mixed methods designs, conceptual considerations of writing process research, interdisciplinary research influences and the application of research methods in educational settings, provides an insight into the current status of the methodological development of writing process research in Europe.
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New methods of text production process research combined

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This paper reports about the seed funding project “Mehrsprachigkeit und akademische Textkompetenz. Entwicklung von Maßnahmen zur Förderung und empirischer Überprüfung von Maßnahmen zur Akademischen Textkompetenz”1. The project is located at the crossroads between the fields of writing process research, where it draws on writing process research methods, and hermeneutics, from which it adopts an interview method. The research emphasis lies on writing workshop participants’ self-reflection during writing sessions and on co-constructed, collaborative social interaction through dialogue about their writing, where the interaction helps to enhance awareness of participants’ subjective theories about their writing processes. First results of selected overall impressions and reactions of the participants and the feedback provided about experiences with the applied methods and the study itself are provided here.

Over the last couple of years, we have observed that the concepts of writing centers, as they have been known in the US and other English-speaking countries for decades (Waller 2002), have been gaining ground at Northern European universities (Williams/Severino 2004, Bruce/Rafoth 2009, Breeze 2012: 132f.) and that numerous universities develop individual or joint approaches that either mirror or draw from their American role models2. In the footsteps of research already carried out in the field of written composition, German academic writing didactics observes the development of writing centers, programs and courses for writing tutors, writing workshops and individual one-on-one counseling (Bräuer/Schindler 2011, Girgensohn/Sennewald 2012) for struggling writers is also offered. In addition, the development of course material and didactic...

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