Comprehensiveness rating: 4 read less
Overall, significant concepts related to writing are addressed throughout the selected sections and chosen pieces that make up the chapters. In attending to the parameters of the title—International Advances in Writing Research: Cultures, Places, and Measures—the editors did an excellent job of curating a representation that offers insight into those three distinct categories and do so in the six sections of the text. The table of contents makes it easy to find content. The one thing that the book does not have is an index, which would make navigation of the text much easier and user-friendly. Also, in the e-book version, the section heading is at the bottom of a page with the chapters of the section on the next page. I felt that might cause some confusion.
Accuracy rating: 5
The chapters presented accurate information. It is important to note that these chapters were conference presentations that went through a blind peer review process and were then reviewed again by the editorial board. I feel that this process helped in vetting the quality of the contributions.
Relevance/Longevity rating: 5
Although all aspects of writing and the modes in which we produce writing constantly evolve, the content represented in the chapters will remain relevant as models to draw from and will also inspire future research and ways of exploring writing—especially on an international level and with respect to culture, setting, and assessment.
Clarity rating: 5
The chapters selected represent quality academic writing consistent with the level of research and the reputation of the editorial team. Again, since each chapter is written by contributing authors, the writing style varies some, but this does not interfere with the clarity.
Consistency rating: 5
The text is as consistent as an edited book with chapters written by various authors can be.
Modularity rating: 5
The book is organized into six sections that could be addressed as a whole or easily broken and used according to the specific needs of a course or even across courses.
Organization/Structure/Flow rating: 5
The text offers a sensible organization as it moves from pedagogy and assessment to writing in diverse settings and for specific purposes.
Interface rating: 4
I noted no significant interface issues. All of the chapters are clear and it is easy to navigate through the e-book. Again, the one issue I saw was in the table of contents in the e-book because the section heading was at the bottom of one page with the actual chapters of the section on the next page.
Grammatical Errors rating: 5
I found no grammatical errors in the sections or select chapters of the book that I read.
Cultural Relevance rating: 5
Given that the book is about international advances in writing and one of the areas being addressed is culture, I would have to say this book does an excellent job of not only representing diversity, but it also provides insights into how writing is occurring within diverse settings.
This book offers substantial contributions with respect to the six sections it is addressing and there is enough variance among the chapters to use this book at different levels of a graduate course or program. The international perspective also helps to expand the scope of most research in writing and offers new paths in which to explore writing.