Methods and Methodologies for Research in Digital Writing and Rhetoric

Centering Positionality in Computers and Writing Scholarship, Volume 2

Edited by Victor Del Hierro and Crystal VanKooten
Copy edited by Tony Magialetti. Designed by Mike Palmquist.

CoverMethods and Methodologies explores how researchers theorize, design, enact, reflect on, and revise digital writing research. The contributors to the two volumes of this edited collection explore how digital technologies can be used to solve problems, challenge the status quo, and address inequities. In some cases, they do so by using familiar digital technologies in novel ways. In other cases, they explain the use of relatively new or less familiar technologies such as digital mapping apps, Twitter bots, audio-visual captions, and computer programming code. By reflecting on the lessons that emerged from their work—and in particular on their own positionality—the authors provide methodological narratives that are personal, professional, and individual yet foundational. By combining attention to human positionality and digital technology, Methods and Methodologies addresses important social issues and questions related to writing and rhetoric.

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Front Matter


Introduction, Crystal VanKooten and Victor Del Hierro
DOI: 10.37514/PRA-B.2022.1664.1.3

Section 3. Ethics and Intangibles: Unique Challenges of Digital Research

Chapter 10. Developing a Black Feminist Reserach Ethic: A Methodological Approach to Research in Digital Spaces, Constance Haywood
DOI: 10.37514/PRA-B.2022.1664.2.10

Chapter 11. Toward a Feminist Ethic of Self-Care and Protection When Researching Digital Aggression, Derek M. Sparby
DOI: 10.37514/PRA-B.2022.1664.2.11

Chapter 12. Reflections on a Hip-Hop DJ Methodology, Eric A. House
DOI: 10.37514/PRA-B.2022.1664.2.12

Chapter 13.Trauma-Informed Scholarship in Digital Research and Design, Shannon Kelly, Eric Rodriguez, Stuart Blythe, and Ben Lauren
DOI: 10.37514/PRA-B.2022.1664.2.13

Chapter 14. Considerations for Internet Participant Selection: Algorithms, Power Users, Overload, Conventionalization, and Participant Protection, John R. Gallagher
DOI: 10.37514/PRA-B.2022.1664.2.14

Section 4. Digital Tools for Understanding Discourse, Process, and Writing: Languaging Across Modalities

Chapter 15. Studying Unknown Unknowns: Lessons from Critical Making on Twitter, Whitney Lew James
DOI: 10.37514/PRA-B.2022.1664.2.15

Chapter 16. Language Policing to Language Curiosity: Using Corpus Analysis to Foreground Linguistic Diversity, Laura Aull
DOI: 10.37514/PRA-B.2022.1664.2.16

Chapter 17. The Pleasurable Difficulty of Programming, Benjamin Miller
DOI: 10.37514/PRA-B.2022.1664.2.17

Chapter 18. Multimodal Methods for Mapping Multimodal Composing Processes, Christina Rowell
DOI: 10.37514/PRA-B.2022.1664.2.18


About the Editors

Victor Del Hierro is Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric and Technical Communication in the English department at the University of Florida and Associate Director of the TRACE Innovation Initiative. His research focuses on the intersection between hip-hop, technical communication, and community. Previous publications include “DJs, Playlists, and Community: Imagining Communication Design through Hip Hop” in Communication Design Quarterly, “From Cohort to Family: Coalitional Stories of Love and Survivance” in Composition Studies Journal, and “Comunidad de Cuentistas: Making Space for Indigenous and Latinx Storytellers” in Bilingual Review.

Crystal VanKooten is Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric at Oakland University in Rochester, MI, where she teaches courses in the Professional and Digital Writing major and in first-year writing and serves as co-managing editor of The Journal for Undergraduate Multimedia Projects (JUMP+). Her work focuses on digital media composition through an engagement with how technologies shape composition practices, pedagogy, and research. Her publications appear in journals that include College English, Computers and Composition, Enculturation, and Kairos. Her digital book, Transfer across Media: Using Digital Video in the Teaching of Writing, was funded by a Conference on College Composition and Communication Emergent Research/er Award and is available online from Computers and Composition Digital Press. The book is a qualitative research project that provides an in-depth look at the experiences of eighteen first-year students as they completed different kinds of video composition assignments in their writing courses.

Publication Information: Del Hierro, Victor, and Crystal VanKooten (Eds.). (2022). Methods and Methodologies for Research in Digital Writing and Rhetoric: Centering Positionality in Computers and Writing Scholarship, Volume 2. The WAC Clearinghouse; University Press of Colorado.

ISBN: 978-1-64215-166-4 (PDF) | 978-1-64215-167-1 (ePub) | 978-1-64642-388-0 (pbk.)
DOI: 10.37514/PRA-B.2022.1664

Digital Publication Date: November 17, 2022
Print Publication Date: June 2023

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Practices & Possibilities

Series Editors: Aimee McClure, Clarke University, Mike Palmquist, Colorado State University, and Aleashia Walton, University of Cincinnati
Associate Editor: Jagadish Paudel, University of Texas at El Paso

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