Research? What research? (Haswell)

Richard Haswell. “Teaching of Writing in Higher Education” in Handbook of Research on Writing: History, Society, School, Individual, Text. Ed. C. Bazerman.

Taken as a whole, the research [on postsecondary writing instruction] has an air of bricolage, with researchers taking up whatever methods, theories, and participants lie readily at hand. There are few large-scale research projects, few extended research lines, few replication studies, even few systematic reviews of research. Long-range studies …. have been largely replaced with a myriad of tightly focused studies, locally easier to interpret but difficult to synthesize and, as we see herein, perhaps construing the instructional enterprise of college composition more pessimistically than it deserves.

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