Readings about Research(ing)
Sandra Giles’s article from Writing Spaces, “Reflective Writing and the Revision Process: What Were You Thinking?” highlights one of the most important writing skills: metacognition. This essay combines personal anecdotes, teaching materials, extensive secondary research, and invitations for thought experiments. Arguably, Giles’s recommendation to reflect on our writing practices throughout the process is the most important part of conducting research.
Keywords from this chapter in Writing Spaces
Sandra Giles has been teaching college-level English since 1991 and has been at ABAC since 1997. She’s a native of Tifton, having learned to drive in the rodeo parking lot, and graduated ABAC herself in 1987. She holds a PhD in English from Florida State University, specializing in Creative Writing and Rhetoric-Composition. Other than reading and writing, hobbies and interests include dance, tai chi, singing, herb gardening, and letting her three cats in and out from the porch (abac.edu).
the action or process of thinking carefully or deeply about a particular subject, typically involving influence from one's past life and experiences; contemplation, deep or serious thought or consideration; the process or faculty by which the mind observes and examines its own experiences and emotions; intelligent self-awareness, introspection, metacognition
awareness and understanding of one's own thought processes