This authoritative introduction provides a highly readable and up-to-date guide to the major themes and developments in current writing theory, research and teaching. It is designed for anyone looking for an overview of current views on writing and the ways theory has been translated into teaching and research. Covering important theoretical and conceptual issues, the book addresses current key questions, and includes a detailed chapter offering suggestions for research projects illustrated with case studies.Provides clearly laid-out discussion of key topics using bullet points, boxes, and screen shots. Includes historical and conceptual background and current questions. Gives extensive examples of research issues and teaching approaches with case studies. Offers suggestions for small-scale, do-able research topics. Other features include extensive compendium of resources, recommended reading, and a glossary of key terms. Has dedicated website providing links, references and resources.