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National Center for the Study of Writing and Literacy Technical Report     January 1990

TR 38. Theory Building in Rhetoric and Composition: The Role of Empirical Scholarship

By Karen A. Schriver

Summary: This paper discusses the assumptions underlying empirical approaches to scholarship in rhetoric and composition. Shriver reviews recent criticisms of empirical scholarship and advocates a pluralism that focuses on how well particular perspectives or methods are used, rather than using some perspectives or methods to argue against others. January, 1990; 15 pages.

TR 38. Theory Building in Rhetoric and Composition: The Role of Empirical Scholarship
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