The Discourse-Based Interview: Forty Years of Exploring the Tacit Knowledge of Writers

Neil Baird, Bowling Green State University, and Bradley Dilger, Purdue University

We are very pleased to be guest-editing the summer 2022 special issue of issue of Composition Forum: “The Discourse-Based Interview: Forty Years of Exploring the Tacit Knowledge of Writers.” This special issue will explore issues related to the discourse-based interview (DBI), an method for interviewing that has been used by hundreds of writing researchers.

Our methodological interest in the discourse-based interview arose from a study of writing transfer, starting in 2010, in which the DBI was very important for us.

News

May 3, 2021: Composition Forum has published the call for proposals. The deadline is September 1, 2021. We will review and comment on draft proposals shared before July 30, 2021.

Citation

Odell, Lee; Goswami, Dixie; and Herrington, Anne. (1983). The discourse-based interview: A procedure for exploring the tacit knowledge of writers in nonacademic settings. In P. Mosenthal, L. Tamor, & S. A. Walmsley (eds), Research on Writing: Principles and Methods (pp. 221-236). Longman.

It can be challenging to find this chapter, so we are seeking permission to reprint it in the special issue.

Contact

We welcome questions and comments about our study or the special issue. Contact both Baird and Dilger.

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