1st Edition

Engaging Research Communities in Writing Studies
Ethics, Public Policy, and Research Design

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ISBN 9780367534585
April 20, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
216 Pages

USD $160.00

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Book Description

This book invites readers to reconsider how writing studies researchers work with Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) on behalf of their communities and argues that engaging with IRBs during the research design process helps practitioners conduct research more quickly and effectively.

Using empirical data from both writing studies and extra-disciplinary contexts, Dr. Johanna Phelps presents findings from two discipline-wide studies, as well as metadata from two IRBs, to develop a principled engagement framework for writing studies researchers to interact with their communities. Phelps further examines the many facets of conducting research with human participants—from comprehending federal policy updates to pondering specific ethical issues to developing detailed research designs—and explores the confluence of ethics, policy, and methodology in a thoroughgoing philosophical investigation of writing studies as a public good.

This engaging and timely exploration of research design will be an important resource for scholars and students of writing studies; rhetoric and composition; technical and professional communication; cultural rhetoric; literacy studies; research design; research methodologies; research ethics; IRBs; justice; and critical theory.

Chapter 4 and Interchapter 4 of this book are freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license [at insert link].

Table of Contents


First Interchapter: Defining and Historicizing Research with Human Participants

Chapter One: Situating Justice in the Research Enterprise

Second Interchapter: Surveys as a Data Collection Method in Writing Studies

Chapter Two: Metadata: What We Know About Research with Human Participants

Third Interchapter: "Medium" Data, Interviewing, and Corpus Analysis

Chapter Three: All "Spun Up": Findings from Familiar and Unfamiliar Methods

Fourth Interchapter: Collecting and Working with Census Data

Chapter Four: Don’t be too WEIRD: Research for the Future of Writing Studies

Fifth Interchapter: Revisions to the Common Rule

Chapter Five: Ethical Praxis at Sites of Writing Studies Research

Sixth Interchapter: Questions to Consider when Designing Justice-Driven Research

Chapter Six: Centering Practical Ethics in Writing Studies Research

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Johanna L. Phelps, PhD, MPA, is an Assistant Professor of English at Washington State University Vancouver. Her research on public policy’s impact on writing studies has appeared in venues such as IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication and Present Tense. Her scholarship on paradigms, programmatic research, and community engagement has been published with Technical Communication Quarterly and Reflections.