Introduction to Part 4

Part 4 explores eleven genres, discussing the ways that scholars define or draw boundaries around each genre and offering insight into the value of the genre to illuminate the possibilities of writing in that genre.

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Discussion Questions

  1. What are your existing conceptions of the eleven genres we discuss in this section of the book? How might considering them within the book’s framework—writing as creating and contributing to scholarly conversations about learning and teaching, writing as fostering identities and clarifying values, and writing as a medium for ongoing learning—inform your understanding?
  2. What is your sense of the current conventions and affordances of each of these genres, and how can any or all of them be expanded to invite and affirm a greater diversity of scholars of learning and teaching?


Chapter 11: Extending the Conventional Writing Genres: Naming and Clarifying

Chapter 12: Analyzing and Reporting Data: Empirical Research Articles

Chapter 13: Advancing New Perspectives: Theoretical and Conceptual Articles

Chapter 14: Synthesizing What We Already Know: Literature Reviews

Chapter 15: Focusing on Practical Experiences: Case Studies

Chapter 16: Telling a Bigger Story: Books and Edited Collections

Chapter 17: Talking about Learning and Teaching: Conference and Workshop Presentations

Chapter 18: Revealing the Process: Reflective Essays

Chapter 19: Provoking Thought: Opinion Pieces

Chapter 20: Sharing Everyday Lived Experiences: Stories

Chapter 21: Engaging in Scholarly Conversations Online: Social Media

Chapter 22: Applying, Reflecting, and Evidencing: Teaching Awards, Fellowships, and Promotions