2nd Edition

Handbook of Writing Research

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ISBN 9781462529315
Published November 28, 2016 by Guilford Press
464 Pages

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Book Description

The definitive reference in the field, this volume synthesizes current knowledge on writing development and instruction at all grade levels. Prominent scholars examine numerous facets of writing from sociocultural, cognitive, linguistic, neuroscience, and new literacy/technological perspectives. The volume reviews the evidence base for widely used instructional approaches, including those targeting particular components of writing. Issues in teaching specific populations--including students with disabilities and English learners--are addressed. Innovative research methods and analytic tools are clearly explained, and key directions for future investigation identified.

New to This Edition
*Chapters on genre instruction, evaluation and revision, argumentative writing, computer-based instruction, and professional development.
*Chapters on new literacies, out-of-school writing, translation, and self-regulation.
*Many new topics and authors, including more international perspectives.
*Multiple chapters connect research findings to the Common Core writing standards.

See also Best Practices in Writing Instruction, Third Edition, edited by Steve Graham, Charles A. MacArthur, and Michael Hebert, an accessible course text and practitioner's guide.



Charles A. MacArthur, PhD, is Professor of Special Education and Literacy in the School of Education at the University of Delaware. His major research interests include writing development and instruction for struggling writers, development of self-regulated strategies, adult literacy, and applications of technology to support reading and writing. Currently he is coprincipal investigator of a research project evaluating a curriculum for college developmental writing courses based on self-regulated strategy instruction. He is coeditor of the Journal of Writing Research and serves on the editorial boards of several other journals. Dr. MacArthur has published over 100 articles and book chapters and coedited or coauthored several books, including Best Practices in Writing Instruction, Third Edition; Handbook of Writing Research, Second Edition; and Developing Strategic Writers through Genre Instruction.

Steve Graham, EdD, is the Warner Professor in the Division of Educational Leadership and Innovation at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University. He is also Research Professor in the Learning Science Institute at the Australian Catholic University in Brisbane. Dr. Graham is editor of the Journal of Educational Psychology. He has coedited several books, including Handbook of Writing Research, Second Edition; Handbook of Learning Disabilities, Second Edition; and Best Practices in Writing Instruction, Second Edition; and is the coauthor of three influential Carnegie Corporation reports: Writing Next, Writing to Read, and Informing Writing. Dr. Graham has received numerous awards, including the Career Research Award from the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the Kauffman–Hallahan Distinguished Researcher Award from the CEC Division of Research, the Samuel A. Kirk Award from the CEC Division of Learning Disabilities, the Distinguished Researcher Award from the special education interest group of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the Wiederholt Distinguished Lecturer Award from the Council of Learning Disabilities. He is a fellow of the AERA and the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities.

Jill Fitzgerald, PhD, is Research Professor and Professor Emerita at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A former primary-grades teacher and reading specialist, she conducts research on literacy issues for multilingual learners, understanding text complexity, and vocabulary measurement. Dr. Fitzgerald is a member of the Reading Hall of Fame, a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and a recipient of research awards from Phi Delta Kappa, the International Reading Association, and the AERA. With more than 100 publications, she is associate editor of the Journal of Educational Psychology and serves on the editorial boards of several other journals. She has also been a review panelist for the Office of Education, the Institute of Education, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Institute for Literacy.


"This handbook offers welcome breadth in its consideration of writing instruction and assessment from cognitive, neuropsychological, pedagogical, and sociocultural perspectives. Updates in the second edition include useful chapters on the use of computerized tutoring and other cutting-edge issues. There is also new information on research methods, teaching writing to English language learners, and more. The inclusion of such topics as writing to learn, argumentative writing, and the relationship between writing and reading is consistent with the Common Core English Language Arts standards. Many of the contributors are prominent writing researchers. The volume is comprehensive and has good potential as a text in graduate programs in literacy and educational psychology."--Dolores Perin, PhD, Teachers College, Columbia University

"Anyone who wants to keep up with the rapidly evolving field of writing research will welcome this extensively revised second edition. An attractive text for graduate courses, the book provides students with a valuable survey of the field. Most chapters are entirely new; the few that are not have been updated to account for recent findings. The authors represent diverse points of view on writing research and offer lucid accounts of their perspectives. Of special note are chapters that provide thoughtful challenges to widely accepted beliefs about writing, such as Mark Torrance’s persuasive critique of accepted wisdom about planning and Richard Hudson’s case for the importance of teaching grammar."--John R. Hayes, PhD, Department of Psychology (Emeritus), Carnegie Mellon University

"The theoretical and methodological lenses represented in the second edition range widely, and analytical tools that technology has enabled are discussed. More embracing of international and newer scholars than its predecessor, the volume offers readers the opportunity not only to pursue their main interests, but also to sample--and perhaps delve into--additional areas. Among the notable additions is a chapter on professional development, a key topic given efforts internationally to raise student writing performance. This is a book that invites revisiting."--Judy M. Parr, PhD, Head of School of Curriculum and Pedagogy, University of Auckland, New Zealand

"This updated and expanded second edition is as comprehensive as its predecessor. What sets this volume apart from other handbooks is its vast array of perspectives from around the globe, including both veteran researchers and rising scholars. A 'must read' for advanced graduate students and writing researchers alike."--Susan De La Paz, PhD, College of Education, University of Maryland, College Park

"This singular volume attests to the maturity and breadth of writing research. MacArthur, Graham, and Fitzgerald have gone to great lengths to achieve this impressive roadmap. The volume presents deep theoretical understandings, multifaceted views on typical and atypical writing development, cutting-edge analytic tools, and evidence-based, insightful instructional approaches. It provides literacy scholars, students, and practitioners with a blueprint and the necessary wisdom to confront the challenges of writing instruction in the 21st century."--Rui A. Alves, PhD, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Porto, Portugal