Engaging Inquiry

Engaging Inquiry : Research and Writing in the Disciplines

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For an undergraduate-level academic research writing or interdisciplinary core course. Arming students with the tools they will need to successfully produce and communicate in a university environment, this highly practical text offers an in-depth, fully integrated study of inquiry and writing processes--showing students how to think and write across the interdisciplinary board, and empowering them with real skills they can use and develop on a daily basis. While acknowledging analytical processes common to all research thinking and writing, it blends a variety of reading and writing activities that help students explore specific disciplines, different aspects of those processes, and how the full range of thinking and writing skills can develop best through inquiry within disciplinary contexts. Moving from writing in the sciences to the social sciences, humanities, and finally critical applications of interdisciplinary thinking, it employs a process approach, sequenced readings, hands-on inquiry and informal writing activities.show more

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  • Paperback | 557 pages
  • 172.7 x 231.1 x 30.5mm | 635.04g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • ALLYN & BACON
  • Old Tappan, United States
  • English
  • 0130116998
  • 9780130116994

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I. THE SCIENCES. 1. Inquiry and Writing in the Sciences. Goals and Purposes. The Inquiry-Writing Process. Observation and Objectivity. Objective Language. Methodical Observation in the Sciences. Systematic Observation. Analyzing Inferences, Developing Hypotheses. Formal Writing in the Sciences. The Formal Observation Report. Literature Reviews. The Experimental Study and Report. Moving On. 2. Readings in the Sciences. Francis Bacon, Idols of the Mind. Edward O. Wilson, Storm Over the Amazon. John Gribbin, Light. Timothy Quinn, Coyote (Canis Iatrans) Food Habits in Three Urban Habitat Types of Western Washington. K.L.M. Martin, M.C. Lawson, and H. Engebretson, Adverse Effects of Hyposalinity from Stormwater Runoff on the Aggregating Anemone. Student Paper for Revision Workshop. II. THE SOCIAL SCIENCES. 3. Inquiry and Writing in the Social Sciences. Goals and Purposes. Method in the Social Sciences. The Role of Theory. Reading Theory as Argument. Participating in Theoretical Debate. Formal Papers in the Social Sciences. Experience-Based Theory Critique Essay. The Literature Review. Field Studies and Reports. Theoretical Debate Essay. Revising for Clarity. Focusing Paragraphs. Modification. Coordination and Subordination. Punctuation, Rhythm and Beat. Moving On. 4. Readings in the Social Sciences. Gordon Allport, The Formation of In-Groups. Carol Markstrom-Adams, Attitudes on Dating, Courtship, and Marriage: Perspectives on In-Group versus Out-Group Relationships by Religious Minority and Majority Adolescents. W.E.B. Du Bois, from The Souls of Black Folk. James Madison, The Federalist #10. Stephen Earl Bennet, Apathy in America, 1960-1984: Causes and Consequences of Citizen Political Indifference. Preface, Chapter 2, Apathy in Political Theory and Political Behavior. Craig A. Rimmerman, The New Citizenship. Chapter 2 Theoretical Perspectives on the New Citizenship. Chapter 3, Civic Indifference in Contemporary American Politics. Judith N. Shklar, Obligation, Loyalty, Exile. David Orr, Ecological Literacy. Student Papers for Revision Workshop. III. THE HUMANITIES. 5. Inquiry and Writing in the Humanities. Goals and Purposes. Role of Assumptions in the Humanities. Roles of Theory and Method in the Humanities. The Close Reading. Writing Interpretive Essays in the Humanities. Compare and Contrast Two Policy Interpretations of a Text. Compare and Contrast Two Creative Texts. Compare and Contrast Two Interpretations of Artistic Texts. Revising and Rewriting Essays in the Humanities. Global Organization and Logical Progression. Developing Well-Integrated Quotations. Surface Clarity: Maintaining Coherence through Transitions. Moving On. 6. Readings in the Humanities. Francis Bacon, Tale of the Sphinx. Stanley Fish, How to Recognize a Poem When You See One. Stephen Mailloux, Interpretation. Susan Sontag, Against Interpretation. Jack Solomon, Masters of Desire: The Culture of American Advertising. Student Paper for Revision Workshop. IV. CRITICAL APPLICATIONS. 7. Critical Applications. Goals and Purposes. Assignment A. Assignment B. Assignment C. Formal Applications of Inquiry. The Methodical Paper Revision and Commentary. Disciplinary Analysis and Evaluation of Electronic Information Sources. Interdisciplinary Analysis of Contemporary Issues. Moving On. 8. Readings for Critical Applications. Inge Bell, Everybody Hates to Write. David Bartholomae, Inventing the University. M. Sorapure, P. Inglesby, and G. Yatchisin, Web Literacy: Challenges and Opportunities for Research in a New Medium. Helen Calidcott, The Greenhouse Effect. Dixie Lee Ray and Louise R. Guzzo, Greenhouse Earth. Isaac Azimov and Frederich Pohl, Gaia and Global Warming. Student Papers for Revision Workshop. Appendix: Citation and Documentation Systems. Purposes of Citation and Documentation. Principles of Citation and Documentation Systems. Features and Examples of MLA and APA Citation and Documentation Systems. References.show more

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