Book reviews: Discourse-based interview special issue

Guest editors Neil Baird, Bowling Green State University, and Bradley Dilger, Purdue University
Composition Forum, Summer 2022

As part of our special issue, we seek reviews on books that speak to both the methodical and methodological universe of the discourse-based interview: subjects such as tacit knowledge, expertise, intersectionality in empirical research, and collaborative writing.

We welcome your suggestions. Please email the special editors: Here are ours:

Collins, Harry. Tacit and Explicit Knowledge. University of Chicago Press, 2010.
Offers a deeper treatment of tacit knowledge and a departure from Michael Polanyi.
Duffy, William. Beyond Conversation: Collaboration and the Production of Writing. Utah State University Press, 2021.
Paul Prior noted that discourse-based interviews are quite collaborative, as interviewer and participant co-construct representations of tacit knowledge. This book reinvigorates discussions of collaboration and collaborative writing in composition.
Esposito, Jennifer, and Venus Evans-Winters. Introduction to Intersectional Qualitative Research. Sage, 2021.
Recent book on how qualitative research can be designed to study intersectionality. Odell and Goswami both call for the discourse-based interview to be used in intersectional research.
Geisler, Cheryl, and Jason Swarts. Coding Streams of Language: Techniques for the Systematic Coding of Text, Talk, and Other Verbal Data. Revised edition. University Press of Colorado, 2020.
Updated version of a well-respected guide to analyzing language using empirical approaches. Available online and in print.
Polanyi, Michael. The Tacit Dimension. University of Chicago Press, 2009.
Recent reprint of the text used to support discussion of tacit knowledge in Odell, Goswami, and Herrington’s methodological piece. Because many Composition Forum readers may be unfamiliar with this short book, a review essay would be valuable.
Portanova, Patricia, J. Michael Rifenburg, & Duane Roen, editors. Contemporary Perspectives on Cognition and Writing. Perspectives on Writing. The WAC Clearinghouse, 2017.
Edited collection that examines the state of cognitive research in writing studies, including historical, theoretical, and empirical approaches.
Seawright, Leslie. Genre of Power: Police Report Writers and Readers in the Justice System. CCCC Studies in Writing and Rhetoric. NCTE, 2017.
Study of police writing that uses the discourse-based interview extensively.
Williams, A. Mark, Aaron Kozbelt, K. Anders Ericsson, Robert R. Hoffman, editors. The Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance. Cambridge University Press, 2018.
Recent survey of 16 domains of expertise and the research methods used to make visible the development of expertise, which involves tacit knowledge.

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