ERIC Number: ED382991
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
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The Best of Where We're Going: The Writing Center as Metaphor of the Community of English Studies.
Papay, Twila Yates
The head of the writing center at Rollins College, in an attempt to develop a metaphor for the writing center turned to peer writing consultants. Their suggested metaphors structure an essay about what a writing center should be: a community of consultants and clients working together, respectful of diversity, originality, tolerant of differences. What is a writing center after all, if not the ultimate illustration of that democratic diversity that scholars so value in literature and composition studies? The peer tutors themselves represent a wide range of disciplines, skills, and talents; a melting pot of the best the institution can offer. Moreover, the training and experience with clients give tutors a healthy sense of ownership, making them responsible for the center and responsive to campus needs. Their own take-over, then, speeds the democratization of literacy as they interact with fellow students to create widening circles of support for writing, reading, and responding. A further goal of peer training is to make the tutors professionals--they read scholarship, conduct their own research, and even participate in the evolution of courses. The colleagues at the writing center are also engaged in a human endeavor; the strength of their discipline lies in its interactive character. (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Rollins College FL
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the College English Association (Buffalo, NY, April 5-7, 1990).