Developed for emerging academic writers, Primary Research and Writing offers a fresh take on the nature of doing research in the writing classroom. Encouraging students to write about topics for which they have a passion or personal connection, this text emphasizes the importance of primary research in developing writing skills and abilities.
Authors Lynée Lewis Gaillet and Michelle F. Eble have built a pedagogical approach that makes archival and primary research interesting, urgent, and relevant to emerging writers. Students are able to explore ways of analyzing their findings and presenting their results to their intended readers.
With in-text features to aid students in understanding primary research and its role in their writing, chapters include special elements such as:
This text has a robust companion website that provides resources for instructors and students, with sample syllabi, chapter overviews, lecture outlines, sample assignments, and a list of class resources.
Primary Research and Writing is an engaging textbook developed for students in the beginning stages of their academic writing careers, and prepares its readers for a lifetime of research and writing.
Primary Research and Writing transformed the way I teach first year composition. When students become researchers, they become passionate about research and writing. My students saw research, writing, and critical analysis as relevant and even necessary activities. As a result, my classroom became a community of scholars immersed in examining the world around them, and I haven't looked back since. Candace Nadon, professor at Fort Lewis College
Teaching writing via communities and primary research truly enlivens and enriches the first-year classroom. Primary Research and Writing: People, Places, and Spaces is an incredibly useful text for exploring how to gather and write up firsthand data in the twenty-first century. Filled with wide-ranging contemporary examples, the text connects research and writing methods with various local and global communities in a manner that students find helpful and accessible. Matthew Sansbury, professor at Georgia State University
Revitalize and recharge your composition or expository writing or history or service-learning class! This approach energized my students, who took off running to investigate a community of their choice using primary sources in the archives and in the world around them. I had the joy of seeing them take ownership of their writing. Amanda C. Gable, Graduate Teaching Assistant at Georgia State University
Part I : Primary Research and Rhetorical Tools
1. Introduction to Primary Research
2. Defining and Engaging with Communities
3. Identifying a Research Topic and Thinking Like a Researcher
4. Becoming an Authority on a Topic
Part II: Methods for Inquiry and Conducting Primary Research
5. Beginning Archival Research: A Practical Guide
6. Fieldwork and Ethnographic Observation
7. Interviews: Researching People
8. Surveys: Researching Beliefs, Opinions, and Attitudes
Part III: Writing and Delivering your Research
9. A Rhetorical Approach to Research and Writing
10. Reporting and Delivering Research Findings
11. Documenting your Research: MLA
12. Documenting Your Research: APA
Appendix -Archival Resources