Monday, August 22, 2011

Sign up for ATTW's Research Methods Workshop

This looks like a great opportunity if you're planning a research project on writing - and you want the advice of some of the best in the field. 

ATTW 2012 Research Methods WorkshopsMarch 20, 2012 12:30-4:00Scholarships Available!
The Research Methods Workshops are an initiative of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW) aimed at providing an opportunity for those entering the profession and those less trained in research to develop more sophisticated research skills.  
This year, ATTW is sponsoring two Research Methods Workshops: 
  • Ellen Barton, Wayne State University, on Analyzing Data from Complex Institutional Contexts, and 
  • Jason Swarts, North Carolina State University, on Tracing Networks of Discourse.
 These two half-day workshops will be held in St Louis on Tuesday afternoon, March 20, 12:30-4:30.  This is the day preceding the ATTW conference (March 21) and the CCCC conference (March 21-24).
Each workshop focuses on a methodology for data analysis and is designed to help researchers with data devise and try out an analytic approach. 
Analyzing Data from Complex Institutional Contexts with Ellen Barton focuses on using research questions to select appropriate samples and develop coding schemes for data from institutions such as hospitals, universities, R&D labs, and government agencies. 
Tracing Networks of Discourse with Jason Swarts focuses on analyzing discursive activity in distributed networked settings using Actor Network Theory. 
Complete descriptions of these workshops can be found at: 
Registration for each workshop is $100.  Ten scholarships of $200 each are available to graduate students to defray the cost of the workshop and hotel.  
Participation in these workshops is awarded on a competitive basis and constitutes a place on the ATTW program.  
To apply for a place in one of these workshops, complete the application form found at and send it along with a 1-page description of your project to Applications are due October 15, 2011 and acceptances will emailed to you by Dec 1. 
Questions about these workshops can be directed to Cheryl Geisler (, Chair of the ATTW Committee on Research.