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Research on Composition, 1983-2003
WRITING IS a technology used by people in myriad human activities for myriad purposes, from producing the grandest texts of religion, government, and science to the humblest government forms, grocery lists, and graffiti. And its history of uses reaches far beyond the subject of "composition," defined here as the conscious and explicit development of students' writing in formal education, from preschool through higher education. Some historical research on writing extends beyond this definition and will be mentioned only in brief in order to set the limits of this review and suggest the work that many historians of composition have used (or ignored).
Russel, David R., "Historical Studies of Composition" (2006). English Publications. 222.