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Mapping the landscape: Gender and the writing classroom

Author(s): Susan Jones

Journal: Journal of Writing Research
ISSN 2030-1006

Volume: 3;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 163;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: gender | gender theory | research method

This article maps the diverse theoretical disciplines that inform writing research and in particular, how these disciplines have researched the relationship between writing and gender. This is presented against the background of a changing theoretical landscape in research in gender. In particular, it will consider the paradigm shift from discourses of difference and disadvantage to discourses of diversity. Research on writing has not always acknowledged this changing lens, and gender research rarely focuses on writing. The aim therefore is to map out these different approaches, explore how they have impacted writing classrooms and to add to the call for a reconfiguring of gender in writing research as a complex and diverse category rather than as a fixed and essential characteristic we each possess.

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