July 31, 2007
For immediate release
New handbook by Charles Bazerman of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School presents the latest research on writing
Dr. Charles Bazerman of the Gevirtz School at UC Santa Barbara has just published the Handbook of Research on Writing: History, Society, School, Individual, Text (Routledge, 2007). This cornerstone volume advances the field by aggregating the broad-ranging, interdisciplinary, multidimensional strands of writing research and bringing them together into a common intellectual space. Endeavoring to synthesize what has been learned about writing in all nations in recent decades, the volume reflects a wide scope of international research activity, with attention to writing at all levels of schooling and in all life situations. Chapter authors, all eminent researchers, come from disciplines as diverse as anthropology, archeology, typography, communication studies, linguistics, journalism, sociology, rhetoric, composition, law, medicine, education, history, and literacy studies.
The Handbook’s 37 chapters are organized in five sections: 1) The History of Writing; 2) Writing in Society; 3) Writing in Schooling; 4) Writing and the Individual; and, 5) Writing as Text. This volume, in summing up what is known about writing, deepens our experience and appreciation of writing – in ways that will make teachers better at teaching writing and all of its readers better as individual writers. It will be interesting and useful to scholars and researchers of writing, to anyone who teaches writing in any context at any level, and to all those who are just curious about writing.
Dr. Bazerman is a Professor in the Department of Education at UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School. Dr. Bazerman is one of the world’s leading scholars on writing-across-the-curriculum, writing in the academic community, and genre theory. He is widely regarded as the leading American authority on research methodology and the history of research in composition. He was elected as Assistant Chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) in January 2007. He will succeed, in accordance with the CCCC Constitution and By-laws, to the posts of Associate Chair (2008), Chair (2009), and Immediate Past Chair (2010).
[Charles Bazerman is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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