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NeMLA 2012 : Beyond the Descriptive: Empirical Study of Methods in Writing Instruction


When Mar 15, 2012 - Mar 18, 2012
Where Rochester, NY
Submission Deadline Sep 30, 2011
Notification Due Oct 15, 2011
Categories    rhetoric and composition   education   research

Call For Papers

Beyond the Descriptive: Empirical Study of Methods in Writing Instruction

Full name/name of organization: New England Modern Language Association
Contact email:
43rd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 15-18, 2012
Rochester, New York
Hyatt Rochester
Host Institution: St. Jon Fisher College

The teaching of writing is characterized by a wide array of practices, often cycling through popular phases or trends. When evaluating the potential effectiveness of instructional methods, many educators rely on descriptive and anecdotal publications, as the literature is replete with them. Although these publications have merit in their ability to disseminate ideas, how can faculty go beyond the descriptive and the anecdotal when determining the most effective means of teaching writing?

This panel invites papers and presentations describing original studies of practice in the teaching of writing using experimental design. Studies should contribute to the understanding of how class time might be used most effectively to improve student writing outcomes. Contributions from a wide range of topics in composition teaching practice and learning theory are welcome. We also welcome submissions from fields outside of composition/English where the teaching of writing is studied.

Submit questions to: Kristen Nielsen, or Terri Suico,

Please submit 250-word abstracts by email attachment to Kristen Nielsen at

Deadline: Proposals must be submitted by email no later than September 30, 2011. We will respond to applicants regarding acceptance no later than October 15.

Submissions Should Include:
Full name
Name of organization
Title of paper
250-word abstract
Contact email
Contact phone number

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