ERIC Number: ED369088
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
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A Community of Writers: Peer Tutor Training for Writing Center Techniques Which Foster Dialogue in the Writing Process.
Houston, Linda; Johnson, Candice
After much trial and error, the Agricultural Technical Institute of the Ohio State University (ATI/OSO) discovered that training of writing lab tutors can best be done through collaboration of the Writing Lab Coordinator with the "Development of Tutor Effectiveness" course offered at the institute. The ATI/OSO main computer lab and secondary lab are equipped with IBM-compatible computers and staffed by peer tutors. Students as well as tutors come to the lab because it is a community of writers. Students who desire to become a tutor must successfully complete the three-credit-hour course. Students enrolled in the course: (1) develop an awareness and understanding of themselves and their behavior in relation to the students they tutor; (2) gain an awareness of the issues and concerns faced by adult learners; and (3) develop the interpersonal and communication skills needed to effectively relate to their peers in a tutoring capacity. Ongoing communication is essential between the lab coordinator, the tutoring course instructor, and the tutors. Combining the strengths of a well coordinated writing lab with the strengths of an effective tutoring course has provided ATI/OSO a workable solution to the problem of tutor training. (Contains 10 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Agricultural Technical Institute OH
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (83rd, Pittsburgh, PA, November 17-22, 1993).