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Annual Dartmouth Summer Seminar for Writing Research

Just a reminder: 2015 applications are due December 15th, 2014.

Annual Dartmouth Summer Seminar for Writing Research

Save the dates! July 26 - August 7, 2015

Hanover, NH

““The Summer Seminar was one of the most rewarding professional experiences of my career.” (previous participant)

The 2015 Dartmouth Summer Seminar for Writing Research is designed for writing faculty from all types of higher education venues who are beginning to work on data-driven research about writing in higher education contexts, and who would like an intensive, high-powered two weeks to work on that research, review the best approaches and methods, consult directly with experts, and network long-term with a cohort of other researchers. Guided interaction about participants’ projects is offered in the months leading up to the Seminar. The Seminar itself offers a quiet, resource-rich environment, coursework, small-group discussion and exchange, individual consultation with Seminar leaders, time to work alone or in groups on research projects, and a concluding presentation to the group with feedback from team leaders.

We encourage both individuals and research groups or teams to apply.

The Seminar coursework covers a range of topics, including data segmenting and coding, statistics, statistical analysis, effective literature reviews, research ethics, and so on. Special-interest topics are presented based on participants’ projects.

If you’ve been asking yourself questions like the following, this is the seminar for you:

  • How do I turn an interest into a viable data-driven investigation?
  • I am very familiar with my primary research approach but would like to develop data-driven research abilities; where might I go?
  • What data do I collect for my research study? How do I collect it?
  • What should I look for when I analyze the data? What is the deeper phenomenon I am looking for? What is a good site for investigating it?
  • What methods are the best for the questions I would like to answer?
  • Where can I learn more about how to select a sample, how to identify a control group, and how to calculate statistical significance?
  • Should I conduct a pilot study first? What are the advantages and disadvantages of a pilot study (including funding)?
  • Is institutional (IRB) approval needed for my project?
  • Why does my research question keep changing?
  • What’s the best way to present and publish my research?

A detailed announcement and the seminar application will be available by September 30th – application due December 15th 2014. Program fee is $1500; partial scholarships funded by CWPA and CCCC available to community college, HCBU, and TCU participants. Contact Christiane Donahue at Composition.Research.Seminar@Dartmouth.Edu with any questions.

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