Talk, Tools, and Texts

A Logic-in-Use for Studying Lifespan Literate Action Development

by Ryan J. Dippre

Practices & Possibilities Series
Copublished with CSU Open Press


Talk, Tools, and Texts tackles a perplexing issue: how can we envision writing as developing throughout a lifetime, from the first purposeful marks made on paper to the last? How can we make accounts of writing development that keep the complexity of our lives in mind while also providing useful insight to researchers, teachers, and writers?

Drawing on eleven accounts of writers at different points in the lifespan (ages 12 to 80) and in different social circumstances (from a middle-school classroom to a bird-sanctuary newsletter), Talk, Tools, and Texts constructs a “logic-in-use” for following writers and their writing development at a variety of points in the lifespan. It also offers several strategies scholars can use in pursuit of their own research into lifespan writing.

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Ryan J. Dippre is assistant professor of English and director of college composition at the University of Maine. He has published in Literacy in Composition Studies and Networks: An On-line Journal for Teacher Research as well as in edited collections. He serves as the cochair of the Writing through the Lifespan Collaboration, a group of international scholars interested in developing a multi-site, multi-method, multi-generational study of writing through the lifespan.

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Book Details

  • Paperback Price: $25.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-64642-025-4
  • Publication Month: August
  • Publication Year: 2020
  • Pages: 218
  • Discount Type: Short
  • Author: by Ryan J. Dippre
  • ECommerce Code: 978-1-64642-025-4