Writing education around the globe: introduction
and call for a new global analysis
Published online: 9 April 2016
Ó Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2016
Abstract This paper presents a special issue on writing around the globe.
Researchers from across the world describe writing practices in their country using a
wide variety of methodology. The paper show that while there are many similarities
in writing instruction from one country to the next, there are also many differences.
As a result, the authors call for a new international study of writing, one that takes
more descriptive rather than a comparative approach.
Keywords Writing Á Composition Á Classroom practices
In 2014, we had multiple opportunities to meet and talk about writing research and
the state of writing instruction worldwide. Our conversations took place in a
beautiful setting. We were in Amsterdam in August, and we were surrounded by
writing researchers from across the globe. We were at the Writing Research
Conference convened by the SIG WRITING of the European Association for
Research on Learning and Instruction.
Over the course of the conference both of us talked with other scholars from
across the globe about writing and writing education in their countries. This was so
much fun that we decided that we would edit a special issue on writing education
& Steve Graham
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA
University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Antwerp University, Antwerp, Belgium
Read Writ (2016) 29:781–792