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|Subject:||Tutoring Project for Grad Course|
|Question:||I am attempting research on 'prompted' brainstorming for the purpose to inspire free writing among low proficiency ESL writers (individually and collaboratively) What is the previous and most recent research which is most accredited and cited? And is this a valid question to research on? How will I be able to find results of my own? Do I need to measure the vocabulary and detail improvement within the different attempts of writing?|
|Reply:||Like Dr. Cruz-Ferreira, I am not a specialist in (research about) writing, so I won't give you direct answers to the questions you're posing. You don't say where you are, but if you're near a research library for your graduate program, I'd go ask the librarians with help using an abstracting journal (like Linguistics and Language Behavior), which gives brief abstracts for articles from 1200 or more journals in each issue. This will help you determine whether others have done research on this topic, and how they measured change. Your instructor in the course is likely more familiar with this area of research and would be the best at guiding you to find a research question that's sufficient for the course, and for which metrics already have been tried with some success.|
|Reply From:||Nancy J. Frishberg click here to access email|