The New Digital Scholar: Exploring and Enriching the Research and Writing Practices of NextGen Students
Edited by Randall McClure and James P. Purdy
Foreword by Alison J. Head and Michael B. Eisenberg
"An important work for anyone who cares about students and who wants to learn more about how to improve research writing pedagogies and practices. Chapter authors offer insightful strategies for how as classroom instructors and program administrators we might expand and improve the teaching and learning of research writing for all students. This book is a thoroughly fascinating and helpful read."
—Heidi McKee, associate professor of English
and director of Professional Writing, Miami University
The New Digital Scholar presents innovative thinking and groundbreaking research on the challenges NextGen students face with research-writing projects. Reminding readers of the history of the academic research paper and the scope of the recent information explosion, editors McClure and Purdy open a discussion long silent in academic circles-that the teaching of research-writing is mired in practices poorly suited for digital natives. Through the experiences and analyses of more than 20 writing teachers, library science professionals, and higher education administrators, the book examines research-writing in practice, revealing what has been learned, what works, and what doesn't. Practitioners describe teaching methods and research projects suited for the new digital scholar-concepts not only rooted in traditional academic research values, but designed for the information universe NextGen students inhabit.
"An interdisciplinary treasury of valuable insights for all college teachers and every academic librarian. A handy, hefty, thought-provoking volume that is sure to become a classic."
—Barbara Fister, academic librarian, Gustavus Adolphus College
"Thoughtful, provocative, and useful, this collection helps us address the contradictions that challenge our students as they learn to write with purpose in the age of information."
—Mike Palmquist, professor of English
and associate vice provost for Learning
and Teaching, Colorado State University